Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, see diabetes as “the tip of the iceberg” of health problems in Native communities.
PORTRAITS OF AN EPIDEMIC
This digital series dives into the lives of individuals who have been affected by diabetes: people living with or caring for someone with the disease, or working on the frontlines of research into managing and eventually curing diabetes. Each episode is an intimate portrait of one person, and their story points to important themes and lessons from the PBS project.
Managing diabetes on a daily basis can be complicated, especially since it’s a silent disease – it doesn’t “hurt.” Many young people find it’s tempting to just ignore their doctors
From her diagnosis to her life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we see first-hand the lengths to which Tracey must go to manage this life-threatening disease.