“You can live a healthy life. It is up to you.” – Muscogee (Creek) citizen Bonnie Jones
Workshops, sessions, summit increase diabetes awareness
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) citizen Bonnie Jones remembers when she found out that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
“I was really upset,” Jones said. “I’ve seen my relatives who have been through amputations, strokes and other things that were caused through diabetes.”
She said when she was diagnosed, she remembers her uncle telling her to listen to the doctors and do what they say.
“Do what they tell you to do,” Jones said. “He said if I would have listened to them a long time ago, I would not be in the shape that I am in now.”
Jones was told that if she did not do anything to change her lifestyle, she would have to be on medications.
“They were giving me a chance to turn it around,” Jones said.
The 11th annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Diabetes Awareness Summit was held at the Muskogee Civic Center Aug. 31 in Muskogee.
Close to 300 people throughout the jurisdiction attended the event.
MCN Department of Health Diabetes Program Manager Garrica Bateman spoke about the event.
“We have had a really good turnout,” Bateman said. “We are hoping for 300 in attendance and we may have hit that goal.”
Bateman was amazed at the questions they were getting about treatment and prevention.
“We’ve had a lot of sessions today where people were asking a lot of questions,” Bateman said. “More than we have had.”
She said questions were brought up on what diabetes does to the body and how it affects a person when diagnosed.
“We have had a lot of interest on how to manage diabetes,” Bateman said.
Jones has been living with diabetes for 22 years, but it has not slowed her down. When she was diagnosed she changed her diet and started walking.
“I never had to go on the medications,” Jones said.
Jones said she has lost the weight and kept it off. She said she does not feel her age at all.
“I am 51-years-old, but I don’t feel like it,” she said. “I feel good and I can get out and do things. I am enjoying myself.”
Jones said that it proves that people can live a great life while having diabetes.
“It has been 22 years,” she said. “You can live a healthy life. It is up to you.”
Bateman said that each clinic within the MCN jurisdiction has phone numbers citizens can call if they want information on treatment and prevention.
“Each clinic has a diabetes team,” she said. “There will be someone there to help them.”
For more information about MCNDH programs and clinics, call: 918-732-7600.