Those of you who know me know that while in college I was diagnosed with type I diabetes which requires that I take insulin, as many as nine shots a day, just to survive. As of January 1, 2014, my insurance was no longer covering the cost of Apidra or Novolog brand insulin. For that reason I was forced to take the generic Novolins R and N, short and long-acting insulins.
Thanks to your help, I was able to afford my insulin and survive. I rationed it daily and lived, but I want to point out that many like me are not so lucky. Over the past 4 years I have lost 12 friends to this disease because they were rationing insulin. This needs to stop.
If you find in your heart a desire to help, First, I request that you reach out to your own physician. Learn how they treat diabetes and if and when insulin is offered. Then, I am asking that you send a letter to your congressperson. You don't even have to write it yourself, many form letters are available online. But, if you'll allow me to climb off my soapbox for a minute, I am also requesting monetary donations for myself.
You see, it was your donations that kept me alive from 2014-2016. That is HUGE, and I owe you my very life for that. Because of this I was so fortunate to receive a work promotion that resulted in me qualifying for excellent insurance in 2016! Shortly thereafter I was able to get the Omnipod insulin pump and, a year later, the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. I cannot tell you how many times these devices saved my life...and yet, I was still suffering.
In late 2016 I made a friend through Facebook who shared her AMAZING blood glucose numbers through social media...but she was just as sick as me! Through her, I learned about Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. (I know, sounds like a late-night infomercial, right!?) Anyway, after reading the book (Which is FREE through his website, BTW), I began eating low carb in February 2017 and never looked back.
I have reduced my A1C by 1.5 points and lost 70 lbs. I have also reduced my insulin needs to 1/3 of what they were.
No cure. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes. I will rely on insulin to keep me alive for the rest of my life. A diet of vegetables and nuts alone will not save me or anyone else on insulin, it only prolongs our lives until this disease eventually kills us.
Anyway, this month our rent went up and the husband and I decided it would be cheaper to buy a house than continue to rent. We spoke to a finance agent and realtor and began looking at houses. Yesterday we received the news that because of my outstanding medical debt, we do not qualify. One of the largest of these bills is $3000 that we still owe from my stay in the ICU back in January 2008.
So there you have it. Your kindness sustained my life from 2014-2016 and I hope that it will sustain my hope to rebuild my credit in 2018. So maybe I should change the catagory...but I am not going to.
Should I lose my job tomorrow, I will be without insurance and facing thousands of dollars to pay for my insulin once again. No pump, no CGM, just hope. Won't you help keep my hope alive?