|Faces of Michigan Health Centers: Matt Williams|
Patient | Hackley Community Care Center | Muskegon, MI
I am 38 years old, and have had diabetes since I was 5. I have struggled all my life to keep my blood sugar under control. My mother, Alta, is my biggest support system. She has helped me through the good and the bad of my life and has always been there for me. I have not always been the most compliant of patients, but Hackley Community Care Center, especially Dr. Kohn and his nurse, Suzanne, has taken good care of me. I am grateful for the care I have received from them.
I came to the center 10 years ago with a doctor I followed from Whitehall, when he left that practice to work at Hackley Community Care Center. I had no insurance at the time and was offered the sliding fee scale to help me cover my medical expenses. If this program had not been available, I would never have been able to afford medical care and my story would have ended way before now.
When my doctor decided to move on to another facility, I didn't know what was going to happen to me or who would take care of me. That's when I was introduced to Dr. Kohn. He was able to pick up where my other doctor left off and has taken great care of me ever since.
In May 2012, I found out I needed a kidney and pancreas transplant. Dr. Kohn and Suzanne stuck by my side and helped me understand what I would go through and what to expect. It helped me a lot to be able to talk with Suzanne who shared her own story about her kidney transplant. It made me feel better knowing someone else knew what I was going through and could relate to me.
Since all this medical stuff has happened, I have applied and been accepted to receive Medicaid which helps pay for all the care I need. The best part about it now, after the transplants, I am no longer insulin dependent and have not needed to take any of my diabetic medications. I just know I am in good hands with Dr. Kohn and am grateful for the medical care I have received at Hackley Community Care Center. I thank them for sticking with me.
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