How do you explain to a young child with diabetes why her parents are hurting her with finger pricks and insulin injections every day? Hollywood producer Rocky Lang is one dad who struggled with that dilemma. In 2001, his ten-year-old daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She handled her diagnosis remarkably well. But then a short time later, Lara, his ex-wife’s daughter from her new marriage, was diagnosed with diabetes at only 18…Read more »
Were you a child with diabetes? Or do you have one? If so, or even if you happen to be an adult effected by type 1 diabetes, it’s worth looking into the great advocacy work done by JDRF’s Children’s Congress.
I wrote about this effort once before, but felt it was a good time to re-visit the topic given that applications to participate in the 2011 Congress are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday,…
Back to School seems to be coming earlier every year — although for me, psychologically, it will always be the Tuesday after Labor Day. Speaking of the psychological aspects of school life, I asked my D-correspondent extraordinaire Allison Blass to share her thoughts about being a kid with diabetes in the classroom: who do you tell about the Big D and how, and what’s a parent to do these days?
A Guest Post by Allison…Read more »
From the “Weird and Wonderful” File:
Another booth I happened upon last month while visiting the Children with Diabetes conference in Orlando definitely stopped me in my tracks: dental stem cells for diabetes?! Could someone be seriously running a business on this concept when the science is far from mature?
Turns out the Store-A-Tooth™ booth was run by a Provia Laboratories, a Lexington, MA-based outfit offering a new service for preserving the stem cells found…
When I was down in Orlando for the Children with Diabetes conference, I bumped into a booth for something called the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, and chatted with its president Mary Podjasek, a wife and mother to two with type 1 diabetes. Never heard of this foundation? Well, if you’re the parent of a future college student who’s living with diabetes, take note! The Diabetes Scholars Foundation has awarded over $300,000 to incoming freshman with diabetes…Read more »