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Check back during the week of November 4-10 as we celebrate all that diabetes educators do to help those with or affected by diabetes.



How has a diabetes educator helped you?

Stories of People with Diabetes Who Found Success with the Help of a Diabetes Educator

Success Story: Maggie

As a nurse, Maggie was familiar with health education since she often had to relay it to her patients. She considered herself to be healthy, and though she wished to make some changes to her weight, the thought of being at risk for type 2 diabetes never crossed her mind. 

Success Story: Marisabel

Marisabel had experienced a lot of chest pain and fatigue for the past month. She finally decided to go to the doctor and was shocked when they told her to go to the emergency room - her blood sugar was almost at 600 mg/dL. After five days in the hospital, Marisabel was unsure of how to proceed with her new type 2 diagnosis. 

Marisabel had experienced a lot of chest pain and fatigue for the past month. She finally decided to go to the doctor and was shocked when they told her to go to the emergency room. Her blood sugar was almost at 600 mg/dL.
Marisabel had experienced a lot of chest pain and fatigue for the past month. She finally decided to go to the doctor and was shocked when they told her to go to the emergency room. Her blood sugar was almost at 600 mg/dL.



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Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, MPH, RD, CDE

Jamillah Hoy-Rosas is part of a unique health care delivery model involving community health workers to bridge the gap between the medical community and the lives of those living with diabetes and other lifethreatening illnesses. 

Read more about Jamillah’s innovative approach to disease management and her perspective on the expanding role of the diabetes educator in today’s healthcare arena.

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Michelle Litchman is a leader in online and offline peer support community research. Michelle likes to research what she calls "clinical reality" and recently reviewed more than 14 thousand articles for an upcoming peer support study.

Learn more about Michelle, her career track and her thoughts on the biggest challenge facing diabetes educators today.

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Meet Maryanne and Alaina Strobel, a dynamic mother-daughter diabetes educator duo who have experienced living with diabetes firsthand and have dedicated their careers to diabetes education.

Learn why they both became diabetes educators, why they think it's rewarding, and their advice for new or aspiring educators.




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And that includes mental health

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Diabetes distress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and stress are just a few of the challenges individuals with diabetes can face. But diabetes educators are in the unique position to offer support, guidance and, when appropriate, refer to a mental health practitioner. AADE has created a new practice paper to help you understand the mental health challenges that affect individuals with diabetes and take steps to support them.    




NDEW 2016 Members Share Why They're Proud to be Diabetes Educators


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.

–James D.

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






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