Living (and thriving)
Two people, two types, two experiences
WRITTEN BY MELISSA LIGERTWOOD
PHOTOS BY TRUDIE LEE HARDER
Darcy Graham has learned to better
manage his Type 1 diabetes with
the help of his PCN pharmacist.
Managing diabetes is personal, and
success can come in many forms.
Darcy Graham and Charles Voll
are two of thousands of patients
receiving care through the Mosaic
Primary Care Network’s (MPCN’s)
diabetes program. With the help
of a specialized team, both men
are learning to better manage
their chronic disease.
Diagnosed with Type 1 at the age
of 27, Graham is something of
That’s because Type 1 diabetes is
commonly diagnosed in childhood
or adolescence. So when a family
friend suggested he seek medical
advice for excessive thirst and
urination, Graham had no idea it
might be diabetes. “I never had any
serious health concerns growing
up. The diagnosis was a complete
shock,” he says.
Graham admits he felt a lack of
urgency and interest in a lifestyle
change at the time. He visited his
doctor intermittently at best. What
he didn’t realize was that his blood
sugars were spinning out of control.
“I was eating whatever I wanted
and never checking my blood
sugars. I was guessing on my insulin
doses. I just didn’t care,” he says.
Then Graham began seeing Jackie
Liu, MPCN’s primary healthcare team
lead and clinical pharmacist, in the
summer of 2017. Now 39, Graham’s
outlook and self-management of his
health have changed.
“Jackie is more than my pharmacist.
He understands that being a diabetic
isn’t black and white,” Graham says.
“We’re working to figure things out
together, at my pace.”
Graham’s blood sugar is now
stabilized and he’s making lifestyle
changes to improve his health. He
checks his blood sugar five times
a day and calculates his insulin
dose based on food intake. He’s
also planning meals and shopping
to keep more fresh fruits and
vegetables on hand.
“I meet with Jackie every week,
and he’s connected me with a lot
of other resources—a dietitian, an
optometrist, and even counselling.
I’ve done a 180-degree turn since
coming to Mosaic. I can’t thank
Jackie enough,” Graham says.