Michael Kelly found himself in an emergency department with unbearable shoulder pain. Tests revealed a more serious problem: out-of-control diabetes.
The 50-year-old Kelly, who works part-time for a Dallas pest-control company, knew he was diabetic a decade earlier. But he lacked health insurance to treat it consistently, so he just lived with it.
“I would see a doctor once every blue moon when I had money or I had no choice,” he says. “But I didn’t have money for test strips [for blood glucose] or to eat right. The cost is astronomical.”
Kelly was referred to the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute in South Dallas. There, clinicians and staff members taught him about proper nutrition and the importance of physical activity, and helped him find affordable medication. With the proper education and tools, Kelly got his diabetes under control in record time, according to DHWI staff members.
He says DHWI saved his life.
“I felt like I was 110 years old. My joints ached. I was stressed out over how I was going to pay my bills. Now I feel like I’m 20 years old,” he says.