Meet the Winner of June's Southwest Virginia $1000 BEATDiabetes Drawing, Roger Ramey

With the help of BEATDiabetes, Roger was able to get his A1C to the target of under 7,

which minimizes his risk of long-term complications of diabetes, 

like blindness, kidney failure, and amputations.

How long have you had Type 2 diabetes?

I have had type 2 Diabetes for about 15 years now.  I knew I had it and asked to be tested, but I was stunned when the doctor verified my self-diagnosis.

 

What has been the biggest challenge for you in controlling your diabetes? 
The biggest challenge for me in controlling my diabetes has been forgetting my meds when I leave the house and not being able to afford some meds due to hitting my donut hole so early in the year and being forced to pay such huge costs for all my other meds such as my heart medications.  If it was not for The Health Wagon helping with my insulin at times I would be in serious trouble.

What changes did you make to improve your blood sugars?

I have had to make many changes in my lifestyle to try to keep my blood sugars at decent levels.  I have tried to eat healthier foods.  I try to exercise more, I try to take my meds as directed and I check blood sugars more often.

What is the most helpful part of the BEATDiabetes Program?

The BEAT Diabetes program has helped me in so many ways to get my numbers back on track.  I like the text each morning reminding me that it is time to check my blood sugar.  I really like the suggestions they provide on food, exercise and keeping up with my medications and reminding me that if I have a bad blood sugar it is not the end of the world and to get back on track.  I had not had an A1C under 7 in over 2 years.


What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
What motivates me to make healthier choices in my life is to stay as healthy as I can throughout my life.  I have other health conditions that high blood sugars has a direct effect on, such as heart disease and kidney disease.  My wife has been diagnosed with cancer a while back and I want to stay healthy to help her if needed.  I am involved with many Civic organizations, such as Lions Club and Shriners and I serve on many local boards and I would love to stay healthy enough so I can continue to serve my community.

What advice do you have for others trying to control their diabetes?
The best advice I can give I guess would be for any one with diabetes to learn all you can about the disease and follow your care providers recommendations.  Look for support groups in your area.  They are great motivations when you know you are not alone in your struggle to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.  Remember that in having Diabetes you have a lot of control in the disease progression.  You  cannot control a lot of major disease but you can this one by eating right, exercising, taking your meds, following your health providers instructions and remembering you can live a long life if you have a positive attitude in taking care of yourself.  The BEATDiabetes Program is a great way to get your life back on track!

 

What do you plan to do with the $1000?
I have not given a lot of thought to how I might spend the money.  I will probably put it back for a rainy day.  What a great Program BEATDiabetes is! What other program rewards you for taking care of yourself?


Congratulations to Roger for making healthy choices and successfully managing his diabetes!

Meet the Winner of January's $1000 BEATDiabetes Drawing, Chris Stidham!

What has been the biggest challenge for you in controlling your diabetes? 
The biggest challenge for me was quitting the sweets, but I still have a piece every now and again...

What changes did you make to improve your blood sugars?
I cut back on a lot on the size of meals. Instead of super-sizing, I would have more of a kid’s meal. I also don’t eat after 6 pm. My thought is you can’t work it off sleeping.

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I have had many of my family die from diabetes, and I want to be there for my grandchildren.

What advice do you have for others trying to control their diabetes?
You need to take it one day at a time. You just didn’t wake up and get it, so you are not going to control it in one day. Set a reachable goal and stick to it.

 

What is the most helpful part of the BEATDiabetes Program?

I love the texts every day. Lots of ideas come from them. Plus, having a chance to win 1000 dollars is pretty good too!

What do you plan to do with the money you won in the BEATDiabetes drawing?
I think I am going to start a savings account for each of my grandchildren so they will always remember their papaw.

Congratulations to Chris for making the changes necessary to improve his blood sugars and health!

Meet the Winner of February's Drawing, Will Moran

When Will Moran saw his diabetes doctor this fall, he knew his A1C results were not going to be good. A new job which involved travel made it more difficult to eat healthy and exercise, and he had reverted to old habits. He wasn’t eating well or exercising regularly and had gained weight. His hemoglobin A1C came back at 8.2, well above the goal of under 7. Being in the health care field himself, he understood that the elevated A1C put him at increased risk for diabetic complications, including damage to his kidneys, eyes, nerves, and blood vessels. 

Will says that the A1C of 8.2 shocked him into action, and the BEATDiabetes program helped him to stay on track and achieve his goals. Texts from BEATDiabetes helped motivate him to eat better and to get back to exercising 3 times a week at the gym. Reminder texts helped him consistently take his medication. When he had his A1C rechecked, his hard work had paid off with an A1C that was impressively improved at 6.1!

For his efforts, he earned entry into the BEATDiabetes drawing which he won, but he says that biggest reward has been feeling healthier and younger. 

 

 

We caught up with Will to ask him a few questions about how he got his diabetes under control, what advice he has for others in the same situation, and what he plans to do with his winnings. 

What has been the biggest challenge for you in controlling your diabetes? 
I had a hard time eating healthy and exercising while traveling for my new job.

What changes did you make to improve your blood sugars?
I made great effort to improve my diet by cooking healthy instead of eating out. I also changed my exercise routine to fit my new work schedule. 

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
Observing people who are not healthy and are my age, but look and act much older.

What advice do you have for others trying to control their diabetes?
You really won't believe how great you feel, how much energy you have, and how much younger you feel if you eat right and exercise regularly.

What do you plan to do with the money you won in the drawing?
I am restoring a Jeep and some of the money will help buy parts. 

Congratulations to Will for making the changes necessary to improve his blood sugars and get healthy!

Meet the Winner of May's Drawing, Rob White

We caught up with Rob to ask him a few questions about how he got his diabetes under control, what advice he has for others in the same situation, and what he plans to do with the money he won in the BEATDiabetes drawing. 

What has been the biggest challenge for you in controlling your diabetes? 
Remembering to take my medication.

What changes did you make to improve your blood sugars?
I have been watching what I eat and drink.

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I want to live a better life and to live longer.

What advice do you have for others trying to control their diabetes?
Eat properly, stay on your medications, and have lots of patience.

What do you plan to do with the money you won in the BEATDiabetes drawing?
Take a little vacation. 

Congratulations to Rob for making the changes necessary to improve his blood sugars and get healthy!

When Rob White started the BEATDiabetes program, his hemoglobin A1C was 11. With his busy schedule, he found it difficult to remember to consistently take his diabetes medications, and he was frequently missing doses. He says that the reminders from BEATDiabetes were invaluable in helping him to stay on top of his medication regimen and blood sugar checks. “I get very busy.” he says. “It’s always go, go, go, but with the phone beeping, it forces me to stop and do what I need to do to take care of my diabetes.” With the help of regularly taking his medications, along with watching his diet, Rob was able to improve his hemoglobin A1C from 11 to 8.3, significantly improving his health and reducing his risk of future diabetic complications.

 

Meet the Winner of August's Drawing, Larry Morris

Like most people who have had Type 2 diabetes for 20+ years, Larry Morris has had his ups and downs with the disease. Last fall was one of the low points. His insurance company had required him to switch to a less effective medication, his A1C had risen to 9.1, and he was feeling discouraged. With the help of his doctor, who successfully argued with the insurance company to get him back on his previous regimen, and the BEATDiabetes program, which provided frequent advice and encouragement, he has been able to get and keep his A1C under 7.

We caught up with Larry to ask him a few questions about how he controls his blood sugars, what advice he has for others with diabetes, and what he plans to do with his drawing winnings. 

 

How have you gotten your blood sugars under control?
I have been working hard to take care of myself and make good choices. I try to exercise 5 times a week and eat healthy foods. Over the past couple years, I have made a real effort to try to lose weight and have lost over 60 pounds. I would like to lose 30 more, but have hit a plateau where it is harder to make progress. It is frustrating, but I will keep working at it.


How was the BEATDiabetes program helpful in controlling your diabetes? 

With diabetes, sometimes there are good days and sometimes there are bad days. The BEATDiabetes texts gave me encouragement on the days when it was tough. It was a voice encouraging me to persist and not give up.

 

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I want to be around for my family. I want to be there for my kids and grandkids and great-grandkids.

What advice do you have for others working to control their diabetes?
Do what you need to do. Take your medicine. Check your blood sugar. Exercise. Don’t give up.

Diabetes is a hard disease, but it doesn’t have to control you. You can control it.


What do you plan to do with the money you won in the BEATDiabetes Drawing?
We are going to add it to our vacation fund. It will allow us to extend our upcoming vacation to Florida and Georgia. 

Congratulations to Larry for working hard to control his diabetes and improve his health!

Meet the Winner of December's Drawing, Glenda Davis

Glenda Davis has had diabetes for 20 years, but says that for the majority of that time, she was in denial. She didn’t have a family history of diabetes and didn’t want to believe that she had it, so she ignored it and continued to eat whatever she wanted despite requiring a growing number of diabetes medications, including insulin. However, a diagnosis of Stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease provided a serious wake-up call and forced Glenda to confront the damage uncontrolled diabetes was doing to her body. She didn’t want to end up on dialysis and decided to get serious about taking care of her diabetes and overall health. With the help of a plant-based diet, a supportive doctor, and the BEATDiabetes program, she has lost 63 pounds and improved her A1C from 9.2 to 6.9. This improvement in her blood sugars will significantly reduce her risk of future diabetes complications and should prevent further diabetic damage to her kidneys.

We caught up with Glenda to ask her a few questions about how she controls her blood sugars, what advice she has for others with diabetes, and what she plans to do with the money she won in the BEATDiabetes Drawing.

 

What changes did you make to help improve your blood sugars?
I made big changes in my diet. I started eating a plant-based diet. I didn’t eat any meat for 5 months and now eat it in only small amounts. This has helped me to lose 63 pounds over the past year, and I have been able to improve my blood sugars and come off most of my diabetes medications. Now I am just on metformin.


How was the BEATDiabetes program helpful in controlling your diabetes? 

The tips were very helpful. They taught me some things that I hadn’t learned in diabetes education. The chance to earn rewards also provided some additional motivation – money is always a good motivator!

 

What motivates you to get and stay healthy?
I want to be healthy and live longer, and I don’t want to end up on dialysis.

What advice do you have for others working to control their diabetes?
You need to wake up and realize that you have this disease and that it is a progressive one. If you keep eating things that are not good for you, you will damage your body. The complications of diabetes are scary, but you can avoid them if you make the effort to take care of yourself.

What do you plan to do with the money you won in the BEATDiabetes Drawing?
I am going to use it for a vacation since I haven’t had one in a while. I am still deciding where I want to go.


Congratulations to Glenda for working hard to improve her blood sugars and overall health! Enjoy your well-earned reward!