Mari Kaladjian is so pleased with the care she receives from The Scarborough Hospital’s Centre for Complex Diabetes Care (CCDC) that she recommends it to everyone she knows with diabetes. She even advises her doctor to refer his other patients.
“It’s fabulous having everyone in one place,” says Mari. “People with diabetes don’t just have one problem, they have many and the CCDC addresses them all.”
She adds that another benefit of all her appointments being in once place and on the same day saves her time, money and pain spent on public transit.
“I can’t walk very far anymore because my legs get so sore,” she says. “So taking the bus to only one appointment in one place is wonderful. I don’t know what I did before this place.”
Mari has been attending the CCDC for almost one year and has seen improvements in her eating habits, exercise routine and overall health – and she isn’t the only one.
“My doctor said to me, ‘Mari, you’re doing so good,’ and I told him that yes, I was, and it’s all because of the wonderful people in the CCDC,” says Mari.
Mari moved to Scarborough from Armenia 25 years ago where she raised two kids while holding down a full-time job. She always valued her independence, but when she was diagnosed with diabetes, she didn’t understand how to control it and it became worse.
“I didn’t know what to do and I started to lose my independence,” recalls Mari. “I was getting depressed.”
Since being referred to the CCDC, Mari’s blood sugar level has decreased, and she better understands portion control and food substitutes.
She is grateful to everyone in clinic, and especially credits Candace Roker, Social Worker in the CCDC, with really helping her get her feet back on the ground.
“She’s so helpful, but more importantly, she listens. She was born for this job,” says Mari who truly appreciates the interprofessional approach of the CCDC to help her in all aspects of managing her diabetes.