Conversation with D-parents Dayton and Sheri Coles

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Conversation with D-parents Dayton and Sheri Coles

Time: June 13, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: TuDiabetes homepage
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Event Type: live interview, videochat
Organized By: Emily Coles
Latest Activity: Jun 18, 2013

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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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Comment by Andrew on June 12, 2013 at 7:31am

I'm not going to be able to see this live, but I'm looking forward to seeing the recorded video!

Comment by John on June 11, 2013 at 10:25pm
Looking forward to my first live event. I was diagnosed 3 years ago and am still learning to cope day by day.
Comment by jrtpup on June 11, 2013 at 5:19pm

No way Marie.. no way would I miss a chance to make Emily blush or giggle ;)

Comment by Marie B on June 11, 2013 at 3:13pm

I am so looking forward to this!

I was dx'd in 1967, it was a crushing, painful event, I'm pretty emotional about it to this day, angry on occasion, but being here has made all the difference in the world for me, helped me accept.

pup please don't nap through this one!

Comment by Linda G on June 11, 2013 at 2:38pm

We can ALL learn from this.

Comment by jrtpup on June 11, 2013 at 2:23pm

Emily, wouldn't miss it for anything - even a nap :)

cearared, perhaps you'd gain a different perspective.

Comment by cearared on June 11, 2013 at 12:53pm

i can't think of ANYTHING i'd less rather do than attend this awful reminder of the year when i had my diabetic coma and my life crashed further into the depths of despair.

Comment by Linda G on June 9, 2013 at 9:41am

What an AWESOME dad you have Emily!!!
I will most definitely attend it!!
Is your dad also a diabetic?

Comment by Terrie on June 9, 2013 at 12:24am

Ah! That's where you get your great smile Emile. What a resemblance.

My 1:00 appt. is that day but I should be home by 4:00 to enjoy your conversation with your Dad.

Comment by jrtpup on May 21, 2013 at 11:13pm
Wouldn't miss it!

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