Living (and thriving)
Two people, two types, two experiences
WRITTEN BY MELISSA LIGERTWOODPHOTOS BY TRUDIE LEE HARDER
Darcy Graham has learned to bettermanage his Type 1 diabetes withthe help of his PCN pharmacist.
Managing diabetes is personal, andsuccess can come in many forms.
Darcy Graham and Charles Vollare two of thousands of patientsreceiving care through the MosaicPrimary Care Network’s (MPCN’s)diabetes program. With the helpof a specialized team, both menare learning to better managetheir chronic disease.
Diagnosed with Type 1 at the ageof 27, Graham is something ofan anomaly.
That’s because Type 1 diabetes iscommonly diagnosed in childhoodor adolescence. So when a familyfriend suggested he seek medicaladvice for excessive thirst andurination, Graham had no idea itmight be diabetes. “I never had anyserious health concerns growingup. The diagnosis was a completeshock,” he says.
Graham admits he felt a lack ofurgency and interest in a lifestylechange at the time. He visited hisdoctor intermittently at best. Whathe didn’t realize was that his bloodsugars were spinning out of control.
“I was eating whatever I wantedand never checking my bloodsugars. I was guessing on my insulindoses. I just didn’t care,” he says.
Then Graham began seeing JackieLiu, MPCN’s primary healthcare teamlead and clinical pharmacist, in thesummer of 2017. Now 39, Graham’soutlook and self-management of hishealth have changed.
“Jackie is more than my pharmacist.He understands that being a diabeticisn’t black and white,” Graham says.“We’re working to figure things outtogether, at my pace.”Graham’s blood sugar is nowstabilized and he’s making lifestylechanges to improve his health. Hechecks his blood sugar five timesa day and calculates his insulindose based on food intake. He’salso planning meals and shoppingto keep more fresh fruits andvegetables on hand.
“I meet with Jackie every week,and he’s connected me with a lotof other resources—a dietitian, anoptometrist, and even counselling.I’ve done a 180-degree turn sincecoming to Mosaic. I can’t thankJackie enough,” Graham says.