River Heights resident Carol Lezack has learned to live her life to the fullest despite dealing with Type 1 Diabetes, and for 55 years she has been teaching others to do the same.
"Diabetes can be the easiest disease you’d want to choose (if you had to)," Lezack said. "If you eat properly and exercise, and take medication, there is no reason you can’t live as long a life, as productively, as everyone else."
Lezack, 62, is a certified diabetes educator (CDE) with the six Walmart locations in Winnipeg. She said anyone can get information on treating or combatting diabetes.
"There are people who end up with amputations, and if they had basic screenings, which is offered, they would be sailing and not (losing) a toe or a limb," Lezack said. "(In modern times) that should not be happening anymore."
Lezack said anyone on a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority waiting list can seek help and information from certified diabetes educators.
"They should really go to their pharmacy and seek out a CDE," Lezack said. "That to me is imperative, and I’m a free service."
On World Diabetes Day, recognized on Nov. 14, she will be at St. Vital Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the corridor that attaches Walmart to the rest of the mall. There will be 14 exhibitors, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a dietitian, blood meter company reps, and many others.
For more information, visit any Walmart or call St. Vital Walmart at 204-257-8020.