FAIRPORT, N.Y. — A Fairport woman is using her experiences with diabetes to help others around the country.

The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association named Jane DeMeis as one of its ambassadors for its Know Diabetes by Heart campaign.

DeMeis and six others will help educate people nationally about how diabetes affects heart disease.

She says one of her roles is comforting people.

"Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, it's very frightening. So, it's nice to know that there are people out there who have faced what you've faced, have the same fears and talk to them and find out what they have done," DeMeis said.

For more information on protecting your heart while living with diabetes, you can head to knowdiabetesbyheart.org.