The Diabetes Blues: How to Beat Them

Dr. Susan J. Perry
The Diabetes Blues: How to Beat Them
By Paula Roybal Sánchez, Professor Emeritus

Diabetes and the tasks of good management can be a daily grind that often lead to stress and even feelings of depression. Susan J. Perry, Ph.D., CDE, LPCC will be this month’s featured guest speaker at the Los Alamos Diabetes Support Group meeting. The meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, May 12 in the Nambé Room in Fuller Lodge. 

Dr. Perry will lead a discussion of those aspects that feed those feelings of stress and inadequacy. That discussion will be followed by a couple of “tool box” activities that each participant can take home and use to change their days from “Blue” to “Golden Sunshine”.  Sue Perry is a Counseling Psychologist and Certified Diabetes Educator who has practiced in community based settings in New Mexico for the last 25 years. 

Her specialty is assisting persons with diabetes and other chronic diseases in managing the challenges of self-care. Her passion for supporting those living with these diseases and innovative approaches to diabetes management psychologically provides a unique resource to the New Mexico diabetes community.

The Diabetes Support Group is open to anyone who has diabetes, including family, friends and others in a supporting role. Participants can learn more about diabetes, or reinforce what they already know. The purpose of the Diabetes Support Group is to help those dealing with diabetes live with and manage their chronic condition. It also wants to attract people who would like emotional support for living with diabetes, as well as those who would like to learn some strategies for managing diabetes. Each support group meeting is topic oriented and members discuss the topic and related issues during the meeting. 

The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service sponsors this free Diabetes Support Group. Mary Beugelsdijk, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Professor Emeritus provide leadership to the group. 

For more information, contact Carlos F. Valdez at the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 505.662.2656 or No registration is required.

If you are handicapped or disabled individual in need of special arrangements in order to participate in this program, notify the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 505.662.2656 or

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