Diabetes Survivor to Speak at AVH

Androscoggin Valley Hospital at 59 Page Hill Road in Berlin is pleased to welcome Mary Ellen Willen who will deliver a free, one-hour educational  program, sharing her personal experiences with diabetes and how she takes insulin to help control her blood sugar. Ms. Willen, a specially trained member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi US, which provides a patient-led approach to diabetes education has diabetes and takes insulin as part of her overall diabetes treatment plan. The plan includes an appropriate diet, exercise and other. diabetes medications. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges to managing diabetes and understand the fear and uncertainty about taking insulin. They share information about diabetes self-management and insulin based on formal training and their personal experiences.

During this Managing Diabetes: The Next Step presentation, Mary Ellen will share:

Why insulin is not a sign of failure but may help you achieve blood sugar control, as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan; The concerns she had about starting insulin; and Misperceptions about insulin.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that that nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two-to-three-month period.

Once an instrumental music teacher, Mary Ellen today works at home with her husband, managing websites, running a tree conservation organization in the Adirondacks and generally trying to make the world a better place. She keeps herself busy with her many hobbies, including camping, hiking and taking care of her many pets.

For more information about this important presentation which will take place at 6:30PM, Tuesday, March 6, please call Cindy King, AVH Certified Diabetes Educator, at (603) 326-5631.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital is Leading the Way to a Healthier Future.