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Making a Difference in Pharmacy – How I Honor My Brother’s Legacy

January 18, 2017 | Express Scripts

My younger brother, Chad, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four, and the diagnosis forever changed my family – especially me. For those who may be unfamiliar, Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease. There is no way to prevent it and currently, there is no cure.

As a first-grader, I was trained by a registered nurse on how to give injections, manage hypoglycemic events and take the best possible care of my little brother. I did so daily thereafter.

In college, I chose to study pharmacy.  Upon graduation, I strived to be the best pharmacist I could be, while working with specialists to try to find a cure for diabetes. I went on to become a diabetic educator and a board certified geriatric pharmacist. I owe who I became solely to Chad.

Through accomplishments in his own life, Chad taught me how to face challenges, get back up when life knocks me down, never take no for an answer and refuse to live life by a diagnosis code. He was a star athlete, even though his doctors advised him not to play sports. I watched him letter as a freshman at The Ohio State University and graduate top in his college class in actuarial science. Chad earned his MBA all the while working full time for JP Morgan Chase for nearly two decades.

Recently, I lost my brother. While the loss has been devastating, it has only further motivated me to transition my passion into a purpose that will honor Chad and his legacy. I have been blessed to accomplish the depth of training that enabled me to best care for Chad all those years. I have been lucky to work for a company for more than 21 years that aligns with my passion for patient safety and improved outcomes, while supporting diabetes care.

Today, Express Scripts is improving diabetic patient outcomes through the Diabetes Therapeutic Resource Center, Diabetes Remote Monitoring and the Diabetes Care Value Program. In my current role here, I offer these solutions to clients to help manage costs and improve care for their diabetic members, like Chad.

In the future, in addition to managing the disease, we must continue to fund diabetes research with hopes to one day find a cure. My family and I, as well as Express Scripts, are big supporters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I encourage you to learn more about their efforts in creating a world without Type 1 diabetes.

I miss Chad every day, but I honor his legacy by doing what I can to make a difference. I’m a better person, and pharmacist, because of him.

Want to explore how you can pursue your passion and make a difference, like Amy? Visit our career site for a list of our open positions.

Amy is a Senior Clinical Account Executive supporting the Health Plan Division.

 

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