Deb Manzella is a registered nurse and freelance writer with practical experience helping patients with diabetes -- from teaching the newly diagnosed, to providing continuing care for the established diabetic patient in the hospital setting.
Deb has been a registered nurse since 2000. She has worked in pediatrics, cardiology and palliative care settings. Deb is a Healthcare Professional Member of the American Diabetes Associaton and a registered advocate for improving diabetes care for everyone who has been touched by the disease.
In addition to nursing, she also writes a humor/current events column for two weekly newspapers. Her column, "Life Happens," has appeared biweekly since 1997.
Deb has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the State University College at Buffalo. She also has an associate degree of applied science in nursing and is a licensed, practicing RN.
By Debra Manzella, R.N.:
This site is designed for people who are interested in or diagnosed with diabetes, as well as the people who would like to support them.
A diagnosis of diabetes might seem overwhelming at first. It is a unique disease in that it requires the patient to manage the majority of their own care right from the beginning of the diagnosis. There is so much to learn and so much to understand about the way our bodies work. As someone who has worked extensively with diabetic patients, I feel it's important to have as much knowledge as possible at our fingertips to help control, and possibly reverse, many of the symptoms that diabetes can bring.
Being able to manage diabetes independently goes a long way toward improving the quality of our lives.