"I was fighting it more than I was managing it," Dana Graves says about her journey with diabetes before coming to the Kettering Health Network Diabetes Center at Southview. Dana Graves had a continuous struggle with her diabetes, until she came to Kettering Health Network. Now Dana's A1C is down 5 points and she is learning to manage her diabetes care while still living her life.
As she worked with her family doctor to control her own diabetes, hope seemed to be fading. Dana's diabetes was inhibiting her from getting the fullness she wanted out of her life. Finally, her doctor threw her hands up and said, "I'm sending you to the experts."
A Different Kind of Care
Dana was sent to the Kettering Health Network Diabetes Center at Southview Medical Center and started meeting with Nancy Solada, PA. After just one appointment Dana left feeling like she had finally gotten the information and help she needed to start getting back to her life. She was amazed by the fact that Nancy was able to spend so much time with her and give her the personal care she was looking for. "There's definitely an attitude here of 'We're here to help you and we're going to do what needs to get done'," Dana stated about the care at Joslin. A little over a year and a half later, Dana has worked with Nancy and has lost close to 35 pounds, removed 2 medications from her treatment, and brought her A1C down below 6.
Monitoring her blood sugar and diet are just two things Dana has been doing since going to Joslin center. She feels as though her providers celebrate her victories both big and small and give her the motivation she needs to keep managing her diabetes. The information that Dana has received at the Joslin center through Nancy and her dietician and RN diabetic educators, has given her the ability to take control of her diabetes and she is now able to adjust her medications better on her own. At Joslin, the staff has worked around her life so that she doesn't have to plan her life around her care, but rather plan her care around her life.
An Unexpected Journey
When asked what she would tell someone starting their journey with diabetes, Dana stated, "The attitude is to work with it, even when it's not perfect." She said the one word that comes to mind when thinking of the Kettering Health Network Diabetes Center is "comfort" because they are willing to have a conversation with you and give you the information you need. They put an emphasis on wellness rather than just treatment. Now Dana is able to do the things she loves, like take care of her granddaughter.