Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 5 : Summer 2010 - Page 46

Staying In Control of Diabetes by Andy Soucier  

 It  

 was  

 June,  

 2008,  

 and  

 Cindy  

 Campbell  

 wasn’t  

 couldn’t  

 get  

 her  

 eyes  

 to  

 focus  

 properly.  

 She  

 lived  

 the  

 exercise  

and  

choose  

healthy  

foods. her  

 to  

 feel  

 poorly.  

 A  

 trip  

 to  

 her  

 primary  

 care  

 provider’s  

 had  

type  

2  

diabetes.  

 Millions  

 of  

 people  

 in  

 the  

 United  

 States  

 live  

 with  

 diabetes.  

 The  

 disease  

 Training  

Program  

played  

an  

important  

role  

in  

helping  

her  

 manage  

the  

disease.  

 “I  

 think  

 if  

 I  

 hadn’t  

 been  

 educated,  

 I  

 wouldn’t  

 have  

 understood  

 the  

 disease  

 and  

 realized  

 that  

 it’s  

 manageable,”  

she  

said.  

“I  

learned  

that  

it  

is  

important  

to  

 set  

 small  

 daily  

 goals.  

 My  

 goals  

 were  

 to  

 exercise  

 at  

 least  

  

 In  

 the  

 months  

 following  

 her  

 diagnosis,  

Cindy  

lost  

almost  

100  

pounds  

 process  

 blood  

 sugar.  

 As  

 a  

 result,  

 sugar  

 builds  

 up  

 in  

 the  

 bloodstream,  

 which  

 can  

 harm  

 the  

 body’s  

 organs  

 and  

 raise  

 a  

 person’s  

risk  

of  

heart  

disease.  

 Cindy  

 remembers  

 how  

 she  

 felt  

 upon  

learning  

that  

the  

disease  

would  

be  

 a  

part  

of  

her  

life  

forever.  

“I  

was  

scared,”  

 she  

 said.  

 “You  

 think  

 it’s  

 not  

 going  

 to  

 happen  

 to  

 you.  

 I  

 knew  

 for  

 years  

 I  

 was  

 overweight  

and  

out  

of  

shape.”  

 About  

 one  

 in  

 t