Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Diabetes Medical Conference - Segment #3 - The Doctor's Denial
Despite the dramatic improvement in his blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C tests results, DeWayne's endocrinologist felt that he would eventually be back on insulin within 3 to 6 months. That was back in August of 2002 ...
Because of his miraculous recovery and the success of his wellness program, DeWayne (who grew up in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State University, B.S./E.E.) continued to receive phone calls and emails from diabetics all over the country, asking questions about their specific health needs. One of the reasons why DeWayne wrote his book was to reduce the number of phone calls and emails. However, the numbers have continued to increase, leading DeWayne to start health coaching over the phone. That, in turn, led DeWayne and his company Death to Diabetes, LLC to join forces with a health services company. As a national diabetes educator and health coach, DeWayne conducts Death to Diabetes® workshops and seminars, and provides professional health coaching services to various companies, organizations, families, and individuals.
DeWayne's daughter Cynthia believes that he is a cross between Chris Rock and Dr Oz, because he's able to use humor and his medical knowledge to provide an entertaining lecture about diabetes. And, Cynthia believes that people love his message because it is inspiring and brings hope to so many people who identify with what her dad has gone through. And, because he faced all the problems that diabetics face, these diabetics identify with him, and they feel hopeful that now they can get healthier.
DeWayne, who has been featured in news articles and on radio shows in various cities, credited his success in Corporate America to strong parents, great teachers in elementary, junior and senior high school, and the blue-collar work ethic of the steel mills in Western Pennsylvania. DeWayne states emphatically, "For some strange reason, I was blessed with great teachers who reinforced what my parents had instilled in me -- that I could do anything as long as I was willing to put in the effort and do the work. Ironically, that work ethic mentality helped me to successfully fight and beat my diabetes."