"It is time for Ella to help Ella and that's what I tell my grandchildren," said Ella Grayson, program participant.
Grayson has been living with diabetes for the last five or six years and she hopes the support from the program helps her live a long healthy life.
"I'm looking forward to be with somebody and helping me get in control instead of trying to do it by myself; I flips up and down so now as I begin to age it's harder but if I'm with group of people in order to help me it make want to do what I'm supposed to," said Grayson.
Living With Diabetes is a 12 month program featuring six components.
Groups will get together several times a month to learn how cope with their disease.
And Grayson is not the only one looking for companionship.
"This gives me the opportunity to walk because I'll have someone to walk with I find it is better when it's with a partnership," said Dorothy Foster, program participant.
"Walking the exercise and losing a few pounds and talk to other people who have diabetes and see what their coping mechanism and things like that," said Joan Hopkins, program participant.
This program is the first of its kind for the SAMC.
And it s free to all participants.
"Our goal is that they learn how to take care of themselves and they can be a well diabetes patient diabetes is a chronic disease that is with you 24/7 our goal is to make sure they understand day to day care of themselves and live long healthy lives," said Diane Granger, director of the Diabetes Treatment Center.
The SAMC is accepting applications for "Living With Diabetes" until the end of November.
If you are interested in participating in the program you can call 334-793-8854.
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