Congratulations to Judy Couillard! Our Volunteer of the Month!
“Judy Couillard is the Director of Health and Wellness for the Frederick County YMCA. She has been instrumental in the planning and execution of the American Diabetes Association's Healthy Frederick Week, a week-long series of community donated events aimed at promoting healthy living for the citizens of Frederick, MD. Because of her efforts, Healthy Frederick Week 2013 reached more people than ever before. She has spearheaded the fundraising efforts of Team Frederick County YMCA as they participated in Frederick Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Her facility has even served as the meeting space for the American Diabetes Association's Type 1 Youth Athletes Support Group. Because of her and the Frederick County YMCA, the American Diabetes Association has been able to help improve the lives of all individuals affected by diabetes in Western Maryland. Thanks, Judy!"
— Kayla Twain – Manager, Frederick Step Out to Stop Diabetes and Healthy Frederick Week
"My personal and professional missions are aligned with healthy living so it was an easy decision for me to volunteer for the American Diabetes Association, on behalf of the YMCA, with their yearly Healthy Frederick Week and Step Out Frederick ommunity 5K walk. I was excited to help others with exercise questions and guide them toward a healthy life. The Association has educated me to reach out to others in my own family and community that suffer from this debilitating disease and direct them to the American Diabetes Association for help and guidance."
Congratulations to Annette Hottenstein! Our October Volunteer of the Month!
"Annette has been a huge help in our outreach. As part of our Speakers Bureau, Annette delivers top notch presentations about prevention and management of diabetes at community centers, businesses and churches. She was also an important piece of our Diabetes Alert Day and Rally to Stop Diabetes events this past March. Annette was interviewed on WJZ about diabetes and worked to schedule Rally to Stop Diabetes activities. The Association is blessed to have such a committed and knowledgeable volunteer."
— Matthew Muench, Manager, Mission Delivery
"The American Diabetes Association in Baltimore has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about the public health crisis of Diabetes. This is especially important as up to 1/3 of adults with diabetes may not even be aware they have it. As a Registered Dietitian, this topic is near and dear to my heart. In my practice, I counsel many people with Diabetes and see firsthand how devastating the disease can be. The information the Association provides is top notch and I often utilize their materials for my patients. The recipes are delicious! I am humbled and honored to represent such a fabulous organization in our Maryland community."
Congratulations to Swann Nciweni! Our September Volunteer of the Month!
"Swann has been integral in our community outreach for many years. She always takes the time from her extremely busy schedule to help the Association's mission in high risk communities. Swann is always willing to speak on behalf of the American Diabetes Association to community groups and attend health fairs no matter when or where. She's a full time law student, documentary filmmaker, scholar, a member of the Johns Hopkins transplant team and one the Association's most cherished volunteers."
— Matthew Muench, Manager, Mission Delivery
"For most of my life I have been on a humanitarian mission for Advocacy in underserved communities. While working for the Johns Hopkins Transplant Center, I didn't imagine how close I would come to Diabetes. In 2009, my mother developed kidney disease from complications from type 2 Diabetes. She suddenly passed away in 2010. After I was diagnosed with prediabetes, I took full control over my health and lost 80lbs. I found a way to fight back against Diabetes and to remember my mom's encouragement. As a promise to my mom, myself and my community, I became a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association in Baltimore in 2008.
With the help of the Association in Baltimore, I have been fulfilling my mission of providing diabetes education and support to vulnerable communities throughout Baltimore. Thank you American Diabetes Association."
Congratulations to Timm Green! Our August Volunteer of the Month!
"Timm Green was diagnosed with diabetes 23 years ago. He's a teacher, a husband, a father, and an outstanding advocate in a variety of roles for the American Diabetes Association. Not only does he serve as the Red Strider Chair for Baltimore's Step Out, but he also acts as a Family Link Ambassador. Through the Family Link Ambassador program, Timm mentors children living with type 1 diabetes and acts as a resource for parents. He gives generously of his time and talents and we're thrilled to have him as part of our Maryland team."
— Julie Frieman, Associate Director, Youth Programs and Tour de Cure
I was diagnosed with diabetes on March 23rd, 1990. I began attending the Association's Camp Glyndon, a camp for children with diabetes, that summer and spent the next ten summers there either as a camper or counselor. They were some of the best summers of my life.
Today I am 33 years old and happily married with a beautiful daughter, Natalie (born on March 23rd, 2010, exactly twenty years to the day of my diabetic birthday)! I am currently in my eleventh year of teaching fifth grade in Anne Arundel County. It was working with children with diabetes during the summer that led me to be a teacher.
Some of my best friends are people that I have met through my times working at diabetes camp and I wouldn't change that for anything in the world. Diabetes doesn't define me, but it has certainly played a role in who I am and the wonderful things I've done in my life.
Congratulations to Jeff and Ros Chavis! Our July Volunteers of the Month!
"Jeff and Ros Chavis have been participating in Step Out Frederick: Walk to Stop Diabetes for the last six years. During that time, they have raised an incredible $8,976 to help stop diabetes! As members of the Step Out Frederick Logistics Committee, Jeff and Ros step in to help out wherever needed- no questions asked. Jeff and Ros truly embody the giving spirit and empower others with their can-do attitudes. It is always an absolute pleasure to work with them."
— Kayla Twain, Manager, Frederick Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes
"Jeff and Ros Chavis have been participating in the Frederick Step Out Walk for many years now but I have been lucky enough to work with them as volunteers at the Maryland Tour de Cure ride, which I Manage, for the past 3 years. I cannot say enough how lucky I feel to have them involved and as volunteers, their important help does not go unnoticed. Both Jeff and Ros are ALWAYS willing to help with anything we need, they understand each event-day role very well, have large smiles on their faces from start to finish and bring an amazing sense of humor that would be greatly missed at the ride if it wasn't there. It's not often that you meet two people like the Chavis's who are so willing to help in any way that they can but their dedication and amazing character is what makes them such huge assets to our organization. They are involved in multiple events we do because they are so connected to this cause and we are so connected to them because of how much their help means to us."
— Ali Tighe, Manager, Tour de Cure
"Nine years ago, while attending my brother's wedding I began to feeling hot and dizzy during the affair and not at all well. Being a part of the wedding party, I sucked it up, focused and made it through the event taking frequent trips outside to cool down and clear my head with the February cold air. Shortly after my return to Maryland, I took my annual physical and was informed by the doctor I was borderline diabetic. He did not offer any treatment at this time, just said to be careful with what I ate.
The next month, really two weeks later, I had what appeared to be a hair bump with a lot of puss and blood. It would not bust until I popped it with a pin, I was shocked by the amount of blood and puss that came from the bump. A couple of days later two more appeared bigger and harder than the last. I went in to see the doctor, who, after examining me referred me to a urologists that same day. The Urologist took one look at the bumps and said I had diabetes. He took a razor and cut into the bumps and they bled out as if it was a major artery. He then tested my glucose level which was 490. An appointment was made for the next day so I could be tested fasting and I was 380 first thing in the morning.
I was sent back to the primary care doctor with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and recommended treatment. Later that night, I called my mother to tell her of about my condition. In the conversation with my mother, I told her one of the questions asked at the doctor's office was. "Did anyone in my family have diabetes? My answer was no," she said. "All of your father's brothers and sisters (11 of them) had some form of diabetes, some had type 1, while the others had type 2. I was shocked by her revelation since no one had ever said anything about that."
"Adjusting to living with diabetes was a little hard at the beginning, as I had to give up all of the junk foods and soda that I loved so much, I did learn to adjust. However, the biggest adjustment was with my eyes. As my glucose levels dropped and the medications was changed and or adjusted, my eye sight got worse. I was unable to get a permanent prescription for glasses as at each testing, the sight kept changing. The eye doctor had me buy reading glasses over the counter and at one point that did not help. I could not travel to work as my eyes were functioning as a legally blind person's would, nor could I even watch a television show for several weeks. I attempted working from home with the use of two pairs of reading glasses with different strengths, even that, was not strong enough so I added a magnifying glass at the same time thinking it would make me better able to see."
"Having said all that, I am now doing well after making the adjustments needed to control my diabetes, exercising has become an important aspect of my life as well as eating healthier meals. Doing as much as I can to participate in the fight against this disease and to inform other about diabetes and its effect on the lives of those who suffer with it and their families has become important to me."
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