Beatrice Jones of Ahoskie had struggled to control diabetes for years, even while taking medication for it, until she met Terry Koch, RN, diabetes case manager at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.
Terry made regular visits to Beatrice in her home and taught her about healthy eating, portion control and other healthy behaviors. Terry also introduced home-based telehealth monitoring so Beatrice could relay health information each day to Terry. Beatrice learned that Terry was closely watching her progress, and the two soon developed a bond of trust and a common objective. Now Beatrice has her diabetes under control with medication and all she learned from Terry about taking care of herself. She no longer needs monitoring and she regularly attends a diabetes support group. She hopes that by sharing her story, others will be inspired to seek help and strive for a healthier lifestyle.
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