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Diabetes information meeting held in Drayton

Diabetes discussion - George Van Ankum congratulated Joanne Koetsier, left, on winning a cook book and Yvonne Dametto for her informative a presentation at a recent diabetes information meeting at the Drayton Reformed Church.      photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Diabetes information meeting held in Drayton

by Bonnie Whitehead

DRAYTON

George Van Ankum welcomed 23 members and guests to a recent diabetes information meeting at the Drayton Reformed Church.

Reports were given regarding membership, assistance programs, and the grocery tape program and appreciation was given to everyone who supported the annual residential campaign that raised $46,456 and awareness of the ever-growing need for a cure.

Guest speaker diabetes nurse educator Yvonne Dametto from Guelph shared her expertise on ways to live well with diabetes with a talk on tips, tricks and technology. Dametto specializes in insulin pump therapy and knows full well first hand the daily living challenges of diabetes.

She explained the spoon theory that lists all the steps a diabetes sufferer must consider before leaving the house for the day compared to someone who can just pick up their keys, jump in the car, and go.

She recommended learning strategies to cope, including explore the options offered by technology. There are a number of insulin pumps on the market that could help make life easier.

Dametto brought along the latest insulin pumps, pens, and metres and offered some items to anyone who wanted to give them a try. She works out of the office of Dr. C. Purdon and Dr. L. Danescu in Guelph.

Joanne Koetsier won the door prize of a ‘Maytag Meals for Good Health’ cookbook.

Van Ankum invited everyone to enjoy refreshments prepared by his wife Alice Van Ankum and to look over the literature display set out by Theresa Johnston before heading home.

The meeting was sponsored by the North Perth - North Wellington Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Volunteers man the Diabetes Information Centre in Harriston on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and can be reached at 519-338-3181 or npnw@diabetes.ca.

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