May 30, 2024 Blogs

Trevor Watts’s Story

My name is Trevor Watts, and I reside in Roseburg, Oregon. I’ve led a fulfilling life, once a glazier by trade and now happily retired, dedicating my time to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. However, my health journey took an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 62.

Managing my health hasn’t been easy, especially financially. My prescription for Farxiga, vital for managing my condition, starts at $41 at the beginning of the year, but once I fall into the dreaded donut hole, the price skyrockets to over $100 per prescription. Thankfully, I have Atrio, my local medical insurance, which provides some relief, but the rising costs still take a toll.

The impact of my health and associated costs has been profound. Emotionally, it’s been draining, but I’ve come to accept it as part of my journey. However, financially, it’s been a struggle. It’s meant sacrificing things like a better vehicle and not traveling to see family. Even basic needs like dental care have been put on hold.

One of the most significant sacrifices has been neglecting repairs to my damaged roof due to the costs of medicine. It’s covered in a tarp for now, but I’m hopeful that this year, I’ll be able to afford the necessary repairs.

Access to affordable medication is crucial, not just for me but for everyone. It’s about basic survival—being able to afford groceries, gasoline, and everyday essentials. As prices continue to rise, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet.



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