DENVER (CBS4) Hazel Miller has been singing in Denver for more than 2 decades. She’s been called “a force of nature,” and now she’s using her voice to raise awareness about diabetes.
Miller will appear on the inspirational stage at the American Diabetes Association’s EXPO. She’ll speak frankly about her struggle with Type 2 diabetes.
“The struggle is not feeling guilty. The struggle is not being down on yourself,” Miller told CBS4 during a recent rehearsal for The Hazel Miller Band.
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Her schedule is such that Miller often has to grab a bite to eat here and there. When she found out she had diabetes, Miller admits she had to make some real changes like making healthier food choices and adding exercise to her routine.
“I’ve lost 48 pounds … took me almost two years to do it,” Miller said.
Miller’s sister was also diagnosed with diabetes. She said they’re walking the journey together, sharing recipes and exercise websites, supporting each other when times get tough.
“It’s a bunch of little bitty battles, that’s the only way to win the war,” Miller said.
Already the singer has won battles that she was told weren’t possible. Now she’s developed a new game plan with her doctor.
“When I get to that goal weight, I will be able to drastically cut my medications. And then maybe in 6 or 7 months, maybe go off them all together,” Miller explained.
When she speaks at EXPO, Miller said her message will be simple.
“Don’t wait too long to get in step. Once you get in step, stay in step. Don’t feel bad … don’t beat yourself up for those bad days,” Miller said with a smile.
The American Diabetes Association’s EXPO is Saturday, Feb. 7th from 8:30 – 3 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center.
–Written for CBSDenver.com by Special Projects Producer Libby Smith