Client Stories

Bryce

Type 1 Diabetes

8 years old

Gloucester Country

“Diabetes is a 24 hour a day job and every day is more challenging than the last” explains Bryce’s mom. Bryce’s mom and dad work full time and live paycheck to paycheck. Now, along with all the daily emotional struggles that go along with living with diabetes, Bryce’s mom and dad have the financial struggle of high co-payments for insulin and supplies. The DFI was able to provide Bryce with a short-term supply of medication, along with constant support and guidance. As Bryce’s mom explained, “It is great to be able to talk to someone else that understands our problems. It does not make them go away, but it sure helps to ease the pain”.

Ingrid

Type 2 Diabetes

62 years old

Essex County

Ingrid struggled to afford her diabetes insulin, supplies and doctors’ appointments after losing her position September 11, 2001. She turned to Diabetes Foundation, Inc. who provided her with insulin and testing strips. Ingrid also relied on DFI to help her organize a healthcare plan which included finding her long-term medication and new doctors. The DFI continues to stay in touch with Ingrid to see how she is doing, and hopefully soon Ingrid will be employed again.

Jack

Type 1 Diabetes

17 years old

Sussex County

Jack’s mom was shocked at the cost of insulin for her son after she chose the wrong HMO insurance coverage. Trying to pick the best healthcare options for her family was confusing and seemed impossible. After contacting Diabetes Foundation, Inc., Jack received two months of his diabetes medication and supplies, while the Support Services team walked the family through their best insurance options. Diabetes Foundation, Inc. was there for Jack and his mom to create a better future for their family’s healthcare.

Carlos

Type 2 Diabetes

56 years old

Bergen County

Carlos landed in the emergency room in 2017 where he was overwhelmed with the diagnosis of diabetes. Without insurance, Carlos struggled to grasp how he would simultaneously pay for his diabetes medication and adapt to his new lifestyle. He was referred to Diabetes Foundation, Inc. and given hope. DFI provided two months of supplies, and was given a path to affordable care for his disease. Carlos is now living a healthier lifestyle he can afford because of the help and guidance by Diabetes Foundation, Inc.