Irma Medellin is a 55 year old mother of four children and a grandmother. In 2009, she was hit with the harsh reality of the complications of hypertension and uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Irma suddenly was dizzy with a headache and dark vision. She was taken to a hospital and learned she had had a mini-stroke. “I was diagnosed 15 years ago, but didn’t want to take all the medicine. Sometimes I would take it; sometimes I wouldn’t,” she said.
Irma decided to take charge of her health and participated in the Lindsay Diabetes Project (now called Healthy Lindsay-Healthy Community). After attending the program, Irma lost weight, dropped her blood sugar levels and regained her vision. Because Irma was able to make a lifestyle change after going through our program, she expresses having higher motivation and feeling better. She is constantly recommending the program to others, especially those that don’t realize diabetes is a serious illness.