Healthy Living: Local News
Woman Shares Story Of Diabetes & Complications
Story Updated: Oct 18, 2013
Lisa Cooper learned the hard way that not only can being severely overweight bring on diabetes, not managing the condition can have serious results.
She ended up with high blood pressure and eventually kidney disease, which now requires her to have dialysis three times a week.
The now 50 year old admits that for years she was in denial.
"I was morbidly obese. I weighed almost 400 pounds. I tried really hard to diet, left and right - didn't work. Never took care of my diabetes," said Cooper.
Her wake up call came at age 42 and in 2006 gastric bypass surgery changed her life.
Her message: take control while you still can.
"For years, if I would have paid attention to what my physicians were saying, I probably wouldn't be sitting here right now telling my story," said Cooper.
Her message will be conveyed first-hand at Lewis County Public Health's Annual Diabetes Awareness Evening.
The event will also feature a panel of health experts.
It's scheduled for Monday, November 4 at the Lowville Academy elementary cafeteria from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with vendors on site beginning at 4:30.
For more information, call Mary Kimbrell at 376-5453.
Registration is not required.
This event is free and open to the public.