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COLUMBUS, N.C. (WLOS) -

"You think of your feet, neuropathy, and losing toes."

Cathy Calure was stressed out about her diabetes until she met Melissa Melum at St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus.

"Diabetes Distress is basically a syndrome that's been identified recently," said Melum, RN, BSN, and certified diabetes educator.

"I had it; there was just no question," recalled Calure. "I didn't tell my family, friends. I went around thinking, 'What's going to happen to me now?'"

"It's really important for people to learn how to manage the illness and to learn from professionals who really can help them with problem solving, understanding, sorting out what's true and not true," Melum added.

Calure said she really felt a lot better about her condition after six hours of diabetes education in a group setting, followed by one-on-one consultation with a certified diabetes educator.

"You can still go out and have lunch with the girls or dinner out," Calure said.

"People with diabetes can party just like everybody else," Melum insisted. "People with diabetes can get a latte sometimes. They may need to do trade-offs with carbohydrates."

Combine watching what you eat with appropriate exercise and taking medication properly, experts say, will go a long way toward keeping diabetes and Diabetes Distress in check.