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Written by: Ric Swann
8/7/2009 10:53 AM 

 

This week was interesting. We met Matthew a teenager with type 1 diabetes. He had recently attended the Joslin Diabetes Center's Diabetes camp. Also Kathy Ware from Joslin was in to discus the camp and talk about some of the challenges that face people with type 1 diabetes.

Matthew is an amazing young man. He has had diabetes for a number of years now, has attended camp for years as well, and this year was a camp counselor. The camp is in July and if you are interested in attending next year you can contact Joslin for all the information. It sounds like a lot of fun for the kids that attend and it's gives them a little bit of “normal” in their summer.

Matthew wears an insulin pump. Since I am new to all this, I found it very interesting. I am also impressed that someone so young and active has the discipline to maintain his health every day. Matthew's day consists of testing his blood sugar levels 2 hours after every meal and once overnight, up to 6 times a day. The pump does the work of providing his body with the insulin he needs in the doses that are required.

Even though he has diabetes, he continues with his active lifestyle and has a very upbeat attitude about everything. That is by choice. It's easy to say “why me” when diagnosed with such an illness, especially at such a young age but with a positive attitude it is easier to face the challenges you are going to have to face anyway.

I continued the workouts at the Mercy Medical Center's fitness center. So far I have made it each of the weekday workouts and am noticing improvement. It took me a little longer yesterday to reach my target heart rate, and that meant an even longer session on the treadmill and bike. Back out there today for weight and cardio training. Those happen 3 times a week,and are the toughest days. I am committed to being there every Monday through Friday for 12 weeks.

 

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