Sussex County YMCA DiabetesMichelle has been a Y member since 2006 and has always loved working with kids. When there was an opening available in the child watch room, she didn’t hesitate to apply as this was an opportunity to combine her love for the Y and kids.

Michelle is a part-time employee now. “She is a dedicated employee to the Y and a true asset to parents”, said Edith Lynch, Membership Coordinator.

It was a normal day for the Theobald family. The family are frequent visitors to the Y. On this particular day, Dad was going to the Y for a workout and their 2 year-old daughter, Meghan was headed to the child watch area to run and play. Michelle was excited to see Megan as they often have fun when they play together. Michelle noticed after a few minutes of Meghan being there, that something didn’t feel right about how Meghan was behaving. She was laying down, acting tired, erratic breathing, and not talking much.

With a recent bachelor degree in nursing, Michelle knew she needed to alert her father. The father came right away and picked up Meghan and got her ready to leave.

The following day, both parents came to the Y to thank Michelle. They had taken Meghan to the emergency room after leaving the Y and she was then diagnosed with Diabetes. The quick response by Michelle and the Theobald’s had saved Meghan’s life. The ER doctor had said had it not been for your quick action, Meghan may not have made it through the night.


Learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program


About Diabetes:
Children and young adults are as much at risk as older adults.

It is a common misconception that diabetes is an illness which affects only older adults, but the fact is that children and young adults are increasingly at risk of developing the disease. This is largely due to both diet and lifestyle. And, as the general belief that diabetes can only affect older adults persists, many cases in children and younger people - including expectant mothers - remain undiagnosed, leading to a delay in treatment and to the development of dangerous complications. 

Currently, one in three Americans (79 million people) has prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 11 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the YMCA is encouraging everyone to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.  

You can assess your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include: race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:
•    Urinating often
•    Feeling very thirsty
•    Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
•    Extreme fatigue
•    Blurry vision
•    Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
•    Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
•    Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)


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