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Charles Mattocks on ‘Reversed’
In July, “Reversed” made its debut on the Discovery Life channel. This one-of-a-kind show tells the stories of people who live with diabetes. These are stories not often heard, but are all too common. “Reversed” has long been a passion project of mine. Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and after I learned everything I could about the disease, I’ve wanted nothing more than to become an advocate for awareness and change. Awareness and change are the results of education and inspiration. This was my goal with “Reversed.” It’s a platform for change. There is something new to learn with every story. Diabetes isn’t just about having a disease. It’s about people living or trying to find a new way to live. There are a lot of people who struggle to find a new way to live. They are diagnosed and they don’t know what to do next. For one, there are so many things about diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, that people don’t know. Education about the disease is inconsistent, at best. As I’ve shared over the past two months, this was my experience when I was told I had diabetes. The doctor who diagnosed me could not tell me what diabetes was and what it meant for my health. He couldn’t give me any information that I could use to better my situation. I was on my own.
all across the country, people receive the same diagnosis. They are told they have diabetes and the conversation ends right there. They don’t know what to do next and that can be frightening. The conversation doesn’t have to end. One of the reasons I created “Reversed” is to make sure the conversation continues. I want people to know they have health care options. A diagnosis isn’t a death sentence. There are doctors out there who genuinely care about their patients, who take the time to explain the diagnosis, and who guide their patients to the next step. There are real solutions. But, as I’ve learned through my own journey with diabetes, it’s more than doctors and diagnoses. The truth is, we are in charge of own health. It’s easy to forget when we’re constantly barraged with prescription drug commercials on TV and in magazines. You can be the change you want to see in the world — and in your own health. The idea of “becoming the change you want to see in the world” is one the driving forces behind “Reversed.” I saw a need for change, and now I’m thrilled I have the opportunity to share it with you. “Reversed” is more than a TV show. It’s a jumping-off point for something larger. It’s a platform for change and a starting point to make a difference around the world. For more information about “Reversed,” check out reversedyourhealth.com and discoverylife.com/tv-shows/reversed. Then, be sure to tune in to Discovery
Life to watch as the stories of all the amazing people unfold and change in ways that will leave you inspired. Before I head out to tell the next chapter of the diabetes story, I want to say how much of a pleasure it has been working with NSI Stem Cell. They are constantly looking to the future and looking for new solutions to treat diabetes, as well as so many other conditions. They are the dream team of diabetes and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
– Charles Mattocks
The unfortunate reality is, what I went through is far from unique. Every day,
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