This is Jackie, and this is her story. She's 53 years old and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to everyone she meets. She loves her family, community and life. She enjoys fishing, gardening, cooking and is happy to step up and volunteer where ever needed.
Jackie is also Diabetic.
She has lived with and fought to control this disease for several years with diet and medication. Today, she is at a crossroads in her treatment. Because Jackie's metabolism has failed and no longer processes nutrients properly, her blood sugar levels are no long able to be controlled by oral medication, leaving Jackie's health at serious risk of heart disease, vision and circulatory problems that may likely lead to neuropathy, loss of limbs and even death.
Doctors have given her a choice to have a surgery that will not only help her to lose some weight but will jumpstart her metabolism so that she can control the effects of diabetes through diet alone, or the choice of going on daily insulin injections to control the diabetes for the rest of her life, with no guarantee insulin injections and diet will slow down the risks associated with living with diabetes.
If Jackie chooses insulin injections, the surgery will no longer be an option. Leaving Jackie with a lifetime of medical expenses. Syringes, test strips, omnipods, bottles of insulin and more frequent doctor visits to monitor her diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association reports that the monthly cost to treat this diseases is expected to rise with the increased rate of Type 1 and Type 2 diagnosis.
The universal truth is diabetes is expensive. For hospitals, Medicare, Insurance Companies and specially diabetics themselves. The fact is diabetes is one of the most costly diseases to treat.
Doctors have agreed to work with Jackie and perform this life improving surgery for only $13,000, reducing the usual cost by $5000.
The most important issue is time. Jackie has been advised to schedule this surgery immediately. Every day that her illness goes uncontrolled is one day closer to permanent and irreversible life threatening issues.
Please share Jackie's story and donate today. Every dollar helps and brings Jackie one step closer to a healthy diabetes free life.
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