Empowered Patient

Pat Tonkovich's Story

image of BPP patient, Pat Tonkovich, standing in front of trees

When Pat Tonkovich was diagnosed with diabetes, his doctor provided printed patient education materials, along with a prescription and a glucose meter. “But I really didn’t want to go on medication and I had no idea how to check my blood sugar,” Pat said.

Fortunately, he had access to Mary, a BPP nurse care coordinator. “Mary showed me how to use the glucose meter and how to read the findings,” said Pat.

Mary also helped Pat to modify his diet and stick to an exercise program. He lost 40 pounds in six months, and his hemoglobin A1C level went from 6.5 to 4.8.

“I feel empowered,” said Pat. “I can do this. I’m not scared of diabetes anymore.”

Pat Tonkovich, BPP Patient