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Diabetes: A Family Matter

Films

Diabetes: A Family Matter:
Living with Diabetes in Appalachia

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Directed by Sharon Denham and produced by Steve Fetsch.

Although diabetes is of epidemic proportion in the nation, many people seem hesitant to talk about the disease. In many ways diabetes seems to be a hidden disease in that people rarely talk with one another about it. People with diabetes and their family members seldom have conversations about the disease and the ways it affects their daily lives. Even in rural areas where many people that belong to a single church and other group and many members have diabetes, little attention is given to the needs of those living with diabetes. Most people just do not know much about the disease and its treatment. Many are aware of old stories that tell of bad things that happen to family members or friends.

Directed by Dr. Sharon Denham and produced by Steve Fetsch, this film is a window into the lives of several families living with diabetes in Appalachia. The purpose of the film is to encourage people in the region to learn more about diabetes, find ways to prevent it, and support those that have it already. The voices of people living in Appalachia tell the story of what it is like to live with diabetes. They talk about when they were first diagnosed, concerns about diet, activity, medications, and communication with health professionals. They describe some things they need from family members, friends, and others as they live with diabetes. Throughout the film, people with diabetes and family members share some of the successes and challenges faced in managing diabetes at home and in the community.

The film can be viewed by individuals with diabetes and their family members. It could also be used at a support group meeting, a diabetes education session, or a fund-raising event. Showing the film to a church group, a civic organization, a class, or any community group is a way to get people talking. The film is a way to get people thinking about ways to make diabetes more visible. Once people become more aware of the disease, they will be better prepared to do things to prevent it and will know better ways to support those that are trying to manage it. Diabetes can be prevented! Those that have it can live long healthy lives and serious complications can be avoided. The film is approximately 35 minutes in length.