April 6, 2009 --
Ashley McDole, a teacher at Westside, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 14 years old.
"Diabetes is something that you can't wake up and say, I'm going to forget about it today. You have to take your insulin, you have to take your medicine, you have to check your blood sugars, and if you don't there will be problems."
But 2 years ago, thanks to a competition between Nettleton and Westside School Teachers, she began a workout program at the Fitness Bootcamp.
"I had never worked out a day in my life. I reluctantly joined. But then I started realizing that I was taking less insulin, my blood pressure was lower, and my cholesterol was lower. Exercising and eating healthy were helping my diabetes!"
Now she's sharing that information with others through a Support Group.
"We're meeting the first Monday night of every month. You know, we all have friends and family members that support us, but they never really understand what we are going through. This is a way to connect and to begin to live with it."
She hopes it will be an avenue for people with diabetes to get the information they need for free.
"The Support Group is free, thanks to Cornelius at Fitness Bootcamp for letting us use the facility. But we hope that professionals in the community will be able to come out and talk to us about insulin, and proper footcare and eyecare... things that really affect those living with diabetes, Type 1 or 2."