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Health Plus: Diabetes support group

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There are so many unknowns when you get diagnosed with something like diabetes. That's why Covenant Medical Center wants to make sure you know you are not alone.

Richard Gossage says, "You're always worried about having something like this. It scares you."

Seven years ago, Gossage got the scare of his life when he was diagnosed with type-two diabetes. But he refused to let this chronic disease control him. Richard wanted to take back his health, so he immediately dropped 30-pounds.

"My cook, my wife, takes good care of me. I've been able to control it with out any medicine. I do it through diet and exercise. I've taken control of it," said Gossage.

But diet and exercise weren't enough, and his wife knew it. She wanted her husband to go to Diabetes Connections, a support group offered by Covenant, but Gossage wanted no part of it.

"I fought it tooth and nail. I didn't want to go, but I ended up going. People need to be educated about diabetes. Talk to others. Learn what problems they're having."

Mary Steffensmeier, a registered dietician at Covenant, says, "Anyone can get diabetes. Any shape, race, size. In Diabetes Connections, we're gonna help people connect with others who are going through similar things. Help one another."

Although he was skeptical at first, Gossage says Diabetes Connections is the final piece to his healthy lifestyle puzzle.

"Join a group. Work with someone else. Let them help you take care of yourself," said Gossage.

Diabetes Connections is a free support group. They'll meet again on Tuesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at Covenant Medical Center's Outpatient and Women's Center.

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