PIKEVILLE — Does diabetes effect your life? If so, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) offers support for this chronic disease that continues to burden many individuals, like you, in our region.
On the last Monday of each month, the PMC Diabetes Education department hosts a free Diabetes Support Group to anyone effected by diabetes. This includes those diagnosed with the disease along with family members and friends who want to show support and encouragement to those diagnosed.
"The support group is open to the public, anyone can attend, even if you don't have diabetes," said Diabetes Educator Sandy Chaney. "You may have a friend or family member with diabetes, or maybe you want to learn how to have a healthier lifestyle to prevent becoming a diabetic. If this sounds like you, we'd love to have you join us."
Stacy Jennings, 44, speaks on behalf of her experience attending the PMC support group.
"I was diagnosed (with diabetes) in 2014 and have been coming to the Diabetes Support Group for two years," she said. "It has benefited me by giving me information on eating better and how to cope with the bad days and celebrate the good days. The group members give me support along with Sandy (Chaney) and Mavis (Lowe), who are phenomenal."
While Lorraine Bartley, 73, began coming to the support group as a support person, not a diabetic herself.
"I began coming to the support group with my husband in 2005, then I found out I was a diabetic and have continued coming ever since," she said. "There has never been a meeting where I haven't learned something. It may be something small or something big, but I always learn something."
Along with the benefits mentioned above by the group members, there are many others you can learn by attending the monthly meetings.
"Since diabetes is a lifelong condition, individuals can benefit for their ongoing diabetes management by meeting regularly and accessing the support from others experiencing the same challenges," said PMC Diabetes Nurse Practitioner Mavis Lowe.
For more information on the Diabetes services offered at PMC, including the Diabetes Support Group, call 606-218-3513 or visit us online at www.pikevillehospital.org.
— Please note: There are no meetings in the months of November and December