Dear members and friends,
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it can come as a big shock and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Especially if you know of someone who has been affected by some further health complications from their diabetes.
It is important, at this stage, to realise that diabetes is manageable. You can have a long healthy life and need not necessarily develop complications. Learn as much as you can about managing your diabetes and constantly be working towards small achievable health goals. Find support through information on our Diabetes SA website, e-magazine and other forums.
Diabetes is a journey where you are constantly learning and adjusting as you gain more knowledge. It need not limit you, unless you allow it to. You are in the driving seat and need to be in control. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging influences who will support you on your journey. They can include your doctor, dietitian, diabetes nurse, friends, family and a diabetes wellness group, etc.
Along your journey, you will have ups and downs, because life is like that. However, if you have a good support team, they can assist you and encourage you along the way, and help you reach your goals.
Yours in Health
Margot Mc Cumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa