Conversation with D-parents Dayton and Sheri Coles

Dayton and Sheri’s daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1978, at the age of 3. No insulin pumps, no continuous glucose monitors, no home blood glucose monitors… Emily was treated with 1-2 daily injections, a strict diet, Ketostix and crossed fingers. Each Wednesday morning before school, Dayton took his daughter to the local lab for bloodwork, at that time the only way to assess blood glucose. Following this, they went to McDonald’s for pancakes and sausage. Rewards were important…
Come hear what it was like to raise a child with type 1 diabetes at this time, how Dayton and Sheri navigated the challenges of teaching her to care for herself as she grew, of allowing her to assume independence, of explaining to her non-diabetic siblings why she needed different attention than they did… AND how they cared for themselves through it all.

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Uploaded by: Diabetes Hands Foundation
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