Centralia Congress should renew diabetes program

OlympiaNovember 6, 2013 

Last summer, I visited Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress from Washington state to tell them about type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the importance of medical research. I was diagnosed with TID at age 2. Because there is no cure and I worry about complications, I wear an insulin pump 24/7 and monitor my blood sugar constantly.

I am tired of always having to watch what I eat and controlling my blood sugar, and frustrated that other people don’t understand what it is like. On Capitol Hill, I asked my members of Congress for their support of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). I was really excited that my voice was heard and that the entire Washington delegation signed letters recognizing the importance of the SDP that has made progress in diabetes treatment and technologies that will help me, and others like me, manage our T1D better—and give us hope for a cure.

The SDP also provides prevention, treatment and education for tribal communities impacted by type 2 diabetes. This November, I have a reason to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month because my story with T1D was heard in Congress. My hope now is that they will take the next step and renew the Special Diabetes Program.

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