September 14, 2011 ~ Diabetes Living Today® talks to the South Jersey Chapter of the JDRF

Diabetes Living Today® radio program, provides listeners with education, inspiration and motivation to live healthy and well with diabetes. Whether you have diabetes or know someone who does Diabetes Living Today® radio program offers experience, insight, education and tips to manage life with diabetes. Through interviews, including “World Class” Research Scientist, physicians and people living with diabetes, living well tips and questions from the listening audience, host Kitty Castellini and Endocrinologist Dr. Joseph J. Fallon, Jr. are there every step of the way to offer guidance, advice, and most of all, support.

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Nanette Gerst and Melissa Stevens from the South Jersey Chapter of the JDRF.

Photo Above:  Kitty Castellini & Dr. Joseph J. Fallon, Jr.

Melissa Stevens

Melissa Stevens is a Publications Coordinator Specialist for Lockheed Martin.  Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she was an advertising Senior Account Manager with The Star Group.  She attended the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and, along with her father, Melissa co-founded Sweet Dreams Creamery ice cream parlor in 2001 in Ventnor, NJ.

Melissa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17 during her freshman year at college. Her doctors initially diagnosed her with type 2 diabetes because of her age.  Once her doctors confirmed Melissa was a type 1 diabetic, they started her on insulin therapy and it’s been a battle of the blood sugars ever since.  As a teenager and young adult, it was difficult for Melissa to adapt to the new lifestyle she needed to live in order to keep her diabetes under control.  Eventually, she realized her constant high blood sugars were really taking a toll on her body.  She now uses an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor to help control her blood sugar levels.

Melissa became involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) South Jersey Chapter in 2010 and served on the Dream Gala Committee.  She is currently serving as the Outreach Chair for the chapter and has recently been nominated to be on the chapter’s Board of Directors.

Melissa resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband Rob.

Listen to Diabetes Living Today® interview with the South Jersey Chapter of the JDRF.

September 14, 2011 ~ Diabetes Living Today® talks to the South Jersey Chapter of the JDRF