Amy Marcus has been living with Type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years, and she has received recognition for it.
Marcus, whose husband, Louie, works in the Facilities Department at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, GA, recently received the Lilly Diabetes Journey Award for successfully managing diabetes with insulin. Recognizing thousands of individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes for 10, 25, 50 or even 75 years, the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards Program’s goal is to honor those who have long been successful, but also to inspire others to believe they can do it, too. Mrs. Marcus received an engraved medal signifying her achievement.
“There’s a group of people that help me stay alive,” says Mrs. Marcus. “Dr. Lancaster is the best doctor ever, and I love Brooke to pieces.”
Mrs. Marcus is also a participant in Hamilton’s Full Circle, a comprehensive program that uses a personalized approach to improve health, happiness and purpose. Available to Hamilton employees and family members who are part of the organization’s health plan, Full Circle is for those who need personalized encouragement or have a risk for or have been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity or asthma.
“You can live with it (diabetes) if you have a good attitude and do what they (healthcare professionals) say,” Mrs. Marcus says.