Startup Stories: Live A Better Life

Mary, The Diabetes Lady

Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
My husband has been a type 2 diabetic for over 35 years. In 2002 he was morbidly obese, on insulin, on medications for pain from the severe neuropathy in both his feet that limited his walking and he had sleep apnea. I began studying about this disease and realized I could help him. I created a program for him.
Within 3 months on my program he was completely off insulin. Within 9 months he lost 80 pounds and a few years later lost another 20 for a total weight loss of 100 pounds. Within a year he walked in 2 5K races and finished. The painful neuropathy in his feet was gone.
He is off of pain meds, off insulin, off diuretics, off statins.

Since 2003 he completely reversed the debilitating effects of his diabetes. We have been enjoying our lives again.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
When my neighbors saw the change in my husband, they began asking questions. One of them asked if my program could help her friend who had been suffering the effects of type 2 diabetes. I worked with her friend and her doctor and the results were amazing. She lost 60 pounds and reduced her insulin from 85 units to 25 units.
I decided that I could help others by teaching them what I had learned. It seemed selfish to keep it to myself while others were suffering from diabetes.
I put together a slide presentation and we took the show on the road. We have helped hundreds and hundreds of people with diabetes.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Our business is helping people with diabetes to become empowered patients so they can be a proactive partner with the physician in their own healthcare. We help people understand their diabetes and give them control over this illness instead of the illness controlling them.
Our program enables people with diabetes to reverse many of the debilitating effects of diabetes and live a better life.

What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
My biggest challenge as an entrepreneur has been working on my own. Years ago I started a video production business which morphed into a CD ROM and Web site business. In that business I had a partner with whom I could discuss different ideas and solve issues. I work alone now and that is difficult. It’s difficult to get motivated every day and it’s difficult to stay on target. I work from home and that is difficult because of the distractions.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
I found Project Eve on Twitter and have been interested in the many topics presented.

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
Public speaking is really an exciting business. It is however one that is challenging in so many ways. You need to get out there and make it happen.

Company: Live A Better Life, LLC


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