Nancy Dickinson has struggled with her weight for most of her adult life. Today, she is newly equipped to continue her positive progress with the combined help of her local care team at Memorial Hospital and MaineHealth.
Carrying more weight than she wanted was causing a variety of health challenges for Nancy, including fatigue and chronic pain, extreme varicose veins, and at one point, an undetected hernia. As she prepared for a hip replacement in 2017, her orthopedic provider Dr. Douglass C. Taylor suggested that her recovery would be easier and more successful at a reduced weight. Nancy accepted the challenge and started her diet while in the hospital after her orthopedic surgery and continued it through the weeks of post-surgical recovery.
While working with her nutritionist Brenda McKay through her primary care provider Dr. M. Angus Badger, it was determined that Nancy was pre-diabetic and that an even more aggressive weight and blood sugar level program was required to prevent an irreversible diabetes diagnosis. A newly formed class offered by the National Diabetes Prevention Program was being offered through the Community Health Program at Memorial Hospital and Nancy was encouraged to enroll. Cost was a barrier, however.
Through scholarship assistance from the Prevention and Wellness Program, administered through the MaineHealth Center for Health Improvement and Memorial Hospital’s Miranda Fund, Nancy was able to enroll in the program free of charge and begin taking immediate action to adopt healthy lifestyle choices. “Nancy is a complete joy to work with!” said Heather Phillips, Community Health Program Manager at Memorial Hospital, “This program has empowered Nancy to make huge changes in her life-- she has inspired us as well as we watch her succeed.”
A few months into the program, Nancy is already a few pounds away from her ‘goal’ weight and feeling great. “I’ve created a journaling system to manage my diet and monitor my progress, said Nancy, “it’s been a fun trip!” She continues to eat well and walks regularly with new found ease. She is winning at her health challenges and has renewed energy to keep things running smoothly at the Kenneth A. Brett School in nearby Tamworth, NH where she is a secretary.