My diabetes had an effect on me, of course, but it also had an effect on my family. My son actually wrote me a letter before we had any grandchildren. And said. I want you to do something to take care of yourself, because I want you to meet my children when I have them. You know I want you to be “Grandpa”. I want them to know you. I’m a pastor serving in a church here in Norfolk, Virginia. I’ve been a pastor for 16 years. I was actually diagnosed with diabetes when I was attending the seminary. This past fall my principal care provider said, ‘John you’re gonna have to make some decisions here, because your numbers are going up and up and up. Or either we’re going to have to
start talking about insulin, or we’re going to have to talk about possible surgery of some type, bypass etc. I started my treatment Ash Wednesday, March 6th of this year. I’d like to tell people about Virta, because it’s been such a blessing for me. It’s something that I have a lot of control over actually, which I can appreciate. It’s part of what led me to pursue the treatment, because my other options took much of the control out of my own hands. Concordia covered it, which was wonderful. I’ve always been appreciative of the Concordia Health Plan. When I began the treatment, I had visions of maybe in six months or a year, I’ll see some real success here. I mean it literally happened within probably less than three months, where I had been removed from all my diabetic medications. And I’ve not been on them now for two plus months through almost three months. And my numbers are great. The last two months I’ve had no out-of-pocket costs at all! My doctor with Virta has monitored my numbers and activity very closely. It’s obvious. And it’s worked better than I even imagined. You don’t have to change a whole lot of your lifestyle, you’re just going to change what you eat. Virta has brought joy into my life. You know, my energy level is very good. I guess not carrying around extra weight helps but you know there’s a psychological advantage to it too. You just feel better. Today for instance we had a Chapel with children at summer camp. I don’t have to fake joy. I feel joy. And that’s one of the things – that’s what had been our theme in our midweek Chapel sessions is joy. And so we’re looking forward to that time when we retire and part of what that love was like for us is that, you know, we have grandkids that we will get to see with even more regularity than we do now. My son, ‘Judah wasnts to ask you a question.’ ‘What do you want, Judah?’ ‘Grandpa, when you come visitwill you take me fishing?’ I’m like – Are you kidding me?! I love the fish. And those are the kind of things I’m looking forward to doing.