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  • Writer's pictureSusan K. Blank

Meet the latest $1000 BEATDiabetes Drawing Winner, Luann Jones!

My name is Luann Jones. I am 52 years old and grew up watching my grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins from both of my parents’ sides of the family give themselves insulin shots. I was absolutely terrified of becoming diabetic. I still cannot stand the smell of wintergreen because that’s the type of alcohol my grandmother used when administering her shots. 🤢

I have some medical background and knew the symptoms and signs of diabetes. I guess subconsciously I refused to recognize them. On July 13, 2020 I went to the doctor because I was not feeling very well (vision problems and constant urination). My husband was being checked as well. Our A1C’s were awful. Mine :14.8, his:14.0. We were immediately placed on medication. With that and cutting down on sugar and sweets as well as switching to “Splenda”, I was able to bring my A1C down to 5.8 and my husbands to 7.0. We have started walking in our neighborhood when weather permits and continue to battle the sweets.

I honestly feel that the Beat Diabetes program helps keep me positive and on track. The encouragement and information that is given by text is wonderful. Winning the $1,000.00 drawing was a blessing and a Godsend. Unfortunately, AEP already has placed their claim for it. Lol. Hang in there people! We are not in this fight alone!!!

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