I am proud to be a diabetes educator because of the joy I feel in helping people live better with this disease, view it in a different light, and have a better quality of life. I still have a letter from the wife of a patient who thanked me for being his only caregiver who offered encouragement and support during his last year of life.
Being a diabetes educator for over 20 years now has given me the opportunity to work with many different persons and personalities. It has shown me how different every individual is and how each person comes to receive education for their very own unique reason. Seeing the patients’ eyes brighten up and with their heads up after having walked in with their heads down is one of my biggest rewards! I wish I could take pictures of the differences just a few words of encouragement and knowledge can make in their lives with diabetes.
–Lupe B., RN, MSN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Salinas, CA
I am new to the diabetes educator arena. I am studying to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. I work on a small reservation where diabetes is all too common. I enjoy my job as Lead Educator because I love to empower others. This disease is scary and many believe they are doomed when they are diagnosed. I like to remind them they are in control of their lives. I learn more from my patients daily. Their resilience and strength is unbelievable! We all have the desire to thrive in life... my job is simply to help them find that spark in life again and keep it strong!
–Camilla B., BSN, RN, Winnebago, NE