Two Michiana nurses establish 'Diabetes Coaches' to help fellow diabetics

(WNDU) - If you are a diabetic struggling to control your blood sugar levels, there is new help in Michiana that has been created by two nurses who want you to know you are not alone.

Maggie Seitz Mendez and Taya Keeler have a combined fifty years of experience living with type 1 diabetes. Both were diagnosed as children. Even as health professionals, they know that managing and living with diabetes is a 24/7 disease.

They recently formed Diabetes Coaches in hopes of helping other diabetics, both types 1 and 2, with individualized help.

"As a registered nurse and someone living with type 1 diabetes, we recognize there is a lack of education," Seitz says. "We will look at the many different factors affecting blood sugar such as diet and exercise. And we will help people fine tune their regimen to their lifestyle because my diabetes is not the same as somebody else's diabetes."

"Our main mission is to make sure people with diabetes understand that diabetes is not about perfection," Keeler says. "You are more than your numbers. And no matter how old you are or how long you've had it, you should never go through diabetes alone.

"So, as a result, they are getting an empowering, empathetic, nonjudgmental perspective from people like me and my partner who actually live with the disease," she adds.

Mendez and Keeler will coach over the phone, in person or even video calls. Fees vary depending on your services.

For more information, you can visit their Facebook page. They can be reached by email at diabetescoaches@gmail.com or by phone at 574-334-7214.