Living with diabetes can be a challenging journey, filled with ups and downs. However, with the right knowledge, tools, and support, it is possible to manage the condition effectively and live a fulfilling life.
Qiana Drew, a diabetes warrior, health coach, advocate, and mother of a child with type 1 diabetes, has faced her own challenges with the condition.
Diagnosis and Early Challenges
Drew’s journey with diabetes began on her 21st birthday when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Initially, she experienced symptoms like weight loss, excessive thirst, and frequent urination, which led her to seek medical attention.
The shocking diagnosis led Drew down what she describes as a “steep learning curve” as she struggled to navigate life with diabetes.
“… I was determined to educate myself and take control of my health.”
Part of that learning curve included learning to manage her relationship with food.
“While trying to control my diabetes through a strict diet, I developed disordered eating habits. It was a difficult period that taught me a lot about the complexities of managing a chronic condition like diabetes,” Drew shares.
At the time, Drew who has worked with musical icons such as Missy Elliott, Jay Z and L.A. Reid, was in a girl group and at the start of a blossoming career, which presented its own set of challenges.
Eventually, Drew realized that the key to success was finding the right balance. “Having diabetes in the entertainment industry comes with its own set of challenges, but I’ve learned to manage it while pursuing my passion for music and entertainment,” the singer adds.
“I learned that diabetes is more than just managing blood sugar levels; it’s about holistic well-being and finding support,” she shares.”Through my journey, I’ve learned that food is not just about sustenance; it’s about