The first thing you notice when talking to Jenn Giachetti is her smile. She smiles with her whole face, eyes sparkling. Next is her genuine caring attitude that is evident in her manner; when you’re with Jenn, you feel like you’re the only person in the world that matters to her at that moment.
She’s Mom to a 23-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. Jenn is fiercely dedicated to her family, being healthy for them, and providing a great example for what a healthy, happy life can look like. They are her proudest accomplishment! She homeschools her daughter, teaches 9 exercise classes per week, and attends an additional 2-4 classes to keep up her teaching skills. Her motivation for teaching exercise is to lead by example and show people that they can get healthy and have fun doing it.
Here’s what Jenn had to say when we sat down for a chat. (Answers have been edited for clarity.)
Tell me your diabetes story:
I was diagnosed in 2009 with an A1c of about 12....
Here’s what I remember:
It was nearly 15 years ago: September 2004. I was 34. Just one semester left in nursing school. Mom to a 4-year-old. At my routine annual physical, I mentioned to my doctor that I’d been having some vaginal itching. Yeast infection. My first ever. I left with a prescription and I stopped at the bookstore on the way home and found a book about treating yeast infections with diet.
The next day I received a call from the doctor’s office. My routine blood work had come back with a wonky blood sugar result and I needed to go back and have it repeated. When I returned to the office a couple days later, the medical assistant poked my finger and stepped out of the room. I sat in the room for what felt like an eternity, waiting for the doctor to come in.
She breezed into the room and cheerily said “Well, it looks like you have diabetes!” She was probably trying to put a good face on what was sure to be a devastating diagnosis for me, but...