Sharon’s journey with diabetes began 7 years ago when her primary care provider told her that she was prediabetic. According to Sharon, her reaction to the prediabetes diagnosis was one of disbelief, stating she initially disregarded the words of her doctor. Sharon explained, however, that upon further discussion with her primary care provider, she was able to realize the necessity of making lifestyle changes to prevent her from getting diabetes. With the encouragement of her doctor, Sharon was able to tap into resources available to help support her as she began her journey to make successful lifestyle changes. She began by attending diabetes information and support classes as well as the Move4Health exercise program at Jefferson. 7 years later, Sharon still attends these weekly sessions and attributes much of her success with being able to manage her diabetes to the support she receives from these classes.
Recently, Sharon was given the news by her doctor that her A1C was up to 6.5 and, as a result, she now had Diabetes, instead of prediabetes. Sharon’s reaction, “I fell off track, but I want to get back to eating healthy, exercising, sticking to good habits.” Sharon further described the ups and downs of trying to keep healthy habits, “no one is perfect, you may fall or make mistakes and that is OK; the key is getting back up and staying focused.” According to Sharon, discovering the Sugga Mamas organization has given her renewed motivation and support to stay on track in her journey. Through Sugga Mamas, Sharon has met other women who have had similar experiences trying to maintain healthy habits to manage diabetes. She explained, “it is nice to know you are not alone. Having support can keep you motivated and on track.”
Sharon has found that support through Sugga Mamas, and she recommends others find support to help in their journey as well. “It can be anyone, a friend or a neighbor, it is important to find someone you trust and can talk to.” When asked what advice she would give others with diabetes, Sharon said, “Don’t let diabetes control you, you are in control! Stay focused and don’t give up.
You will have good days and bad days…positivity is key!”
Sharon Wolfe Diabetes Advocate