One-Stop-Shop Team Approach Scores a Win for Diabetic Patient

After working with his Medical Home team, Drew Armstrong is an upbeat, realistic and active partner in his diabetes care.  He now reaches out to help others struggling with diabetes, demonstrating that health challenges need not limit quality of life.

Drew Armstrong was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 20 years ago while in his 20’s. The athletic former baseball and football player remembers thinking, “No way, not me, can’t be true.” He increased his fitness regimen and lost 100 pounds. He stopped taking the pills his doctor gave him and never went back. 

He was in his 40s when the lack of care finally caught up with him. “We’d been married five years when they had to amputate Drew’s toe,” Drew’s wife Angie explains. “That’s how I learned Drew had diabetes.” 

“I was just treading water in taking care of my diabetes, saying whatever a doctor wanted to hear to get out fast.”

Drew Armstrong, diabetes patient

Drew thanks the Medical Home team approach to ultimately empowering him to change for the better. “I don’t lie to my team or myself anymore. I welcome the help,” he says.

The Medical Home team approach to care is led by a patient’s personal physician. Each team member has a different expertise and works in partnership with the patient. Together the team treats, educates and empowers patients with chronic disease, who often face multiple health challenges.

“Health Coach Kathy Richards talked with me for hours, teaching me tricks about food and blood sugar and insulin timing,” says Drew. The Medical Home team approach to care is led by a patient’s personal physician. The members, including certified diabetes educators and dietitians, form a team to treat the patient in a continuing mix of visits and phone conversations at no additional charge.

Today Drew continues to live his motto of “life without limits.” Drew is able to cycle, coach baseball and volleyball, golf, play catch and hit a mean fastball.  He says, “Physical activity is like a medicine, the more weight I lose, the less insulin I need, and now my sugars are super awesome.”