For Rona Evartt, the Fight Against Type II Diabetes Is a Source of Hope and Inspiration

For Rona Evartt, the Fight Against Type II Diabetes Is a Source of Hope and Inspiration

11.30.12 | By Christian Clymer

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, we want to share with you the story of a recently diagnosed Type II Diabetes patient and her experience with a prescription assistance program:

Rona Evartt of Cottonwood, AZ is a single mother of four and naturally, her children always come first. It wasn't until her own mother found her in a near-coma state that Rona realized her own health should be higher on her list of priorities. Doctors immediately diagnosed Rona with Type II Diabetes.

Upon diagnosis, Rona's critical condition included unstable blood sugar levels, kidney issues, impaired eyesight and limited short-term memory. These symptoms stemmed from nearly two years of avoiding a visit with her physician. Although she felt ill for quite some time, Rona lost her health insurance coverage after being let go from her full-time job as a teacher. She turned to a local health clinic for treatment and prescription guidance.

With limited means to afford the prescription treatment that was most suitable for her condition, Rona tried various other medications with limited success and was far from stable. A nurse practitioner at Rona's clinic introduced her to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) program, which helps qualifying patients receive their prescription at little or no cost. Ten days after applying for the program, Rona finally had her doctor's first choice of treatment for her in hand.

Today, Rona's making a remarkable recovery; diet and exercise are now a top priority and she is enjoying life for the first time in eight months. When talking to Rona about her condition, she wanted to provide advice for others who have, or are at risk for, diabetes:

We think we can ignore ourselves when we're always helping others. That's not the case. We need to take time for proper diet and exercise. I have many family members and friends with diabetes and I never realized the daily struggles that come along with the disease. I don't know what I would do without my medicine.

People should know that there are ways to receive medical assistance and prescription medicines even if you don't have health insurance. I am living proof that these programs are saving and improving lives across America, regardless of ability to pay.

For that, I am grateful beyond words.

Do you or someone you know have diabetes? If so, please don't hesitate to share your story below or on our Facebook page. For more information on prescription assistance programs, visit our Access and Affordability page on PhRMA.org.

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