YOUR NOTE OF SUPPORT FOR MAUREEN AND HER FAMILY, IS NEEDED, TODAY!
I live in the province of Ontario, in this beautiful country that we call Canada. In Ontario, our children have access to excellent endo/nutritionist/nurse educator teams for type 1 diabetes care through specialized departments at some of Canada's best pedriatic hospitals, albeit a day and a half drive or more, for some of us. In Ontario, juvenile diabetes centers also provide access to the very best of T1 therapy including government financed insulin pumps and annual grants of $2,400 toward insulin pump supplies. Throughout Canada the standard of medical care varies widely and throughout our school boards the standard of care differs even more, not just province to province, but from community to community.
Right now, one of the tudiabetes members, Maureen Israel, with a 7 year old T1 child in Inuvik - THE ONLY T1 child in Inuvik - needs your help. Maureen has had to fight with the Inuvik health care system over travel costs, for each and every appointment that her son has been scheduled to attend with his endo team in Edmonton, the nearest hospital with a department specializing in type 1 diabetes. The issue here is that Inuvik health care while routinely covering travel costs for costs for families, for children requiring medical care that Inuvik cannot provide are refusing to cover the cost for two parents, plus child to attend scheduled appointments. Maureen needs your messages! She needs your input on the importance of the involvement of BOTH parents in every young child's diabetes care. She needs your messages to attach to the many letters, emails and so on that she must put forth to the Inuvik health department to get approval on travel costs to allow both Mom, Dad and even sibling Jesse to attend scheduled endo team visits in Edmonton that her young son Jacob needs to attend.
Please reply to this discussion with your messages. We need to get the message out to our governments that "Blue Lights on Buildings" during this month of diabetes awareness while beautiful isn't enough. Accesible healthcare FOR all T1 children needs to be a priority. Please add your replies to this message for Maureen and others to draw on in their many writings for support to government.
Cheryl - fellow Mom of a child living with T1.