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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NH representatives lead fight against diabetes

Letter to the Editor

My daughter has Type 1 diabetes and I’m proud that she just finished her first year of college, but I never stop worrying about her. Thanks to the New Hampshire congressional delegation, the Special Diabetes Program will continue to support my daughter and so many others in the state.

From the day my daughter was first diagnosed, we did everything we could to keep her safe – measuring everything she ate and drank, taking her blood and injecting insulin. Now that she is at college, we still worry about her blood sugar because of a possible seizure, coma and even long-term complications like blindness, heart disease and kidney failure. ...

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My daughter has Type 1 diabetes and I’m proud that she just finished her first year of college, but I never stop worrying about her. Thanks to the New Hampshire congressional delegation, the Special Diabetes Program will continue to support my daughter and so many others in the state.

From the day my daughter was first diagnosed, we did everything we could to keep her safe – measuring everything she ate and drank, taking her blood and injecting insulin. Now that she is at college, we still worry about her blood sugar because of a possible seizure, coma and even long-term complications like blindness, heart disease and kidney failure.

Fortunately, with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leading the charge, Congress renewed the program so that groundbreaking discoveries can continue that will be meaningful to her and 77,000 people in the state who have diabetes and its complications.

For example, artificial pancreas technology automatically controls blood sugar so my daughter can concentrate better at school. It will help her later when she is working at a job and raising children. The special program is also testing a therapy that will help address diabetic eye disease so diabetics can drive and work.

I have so many dreams for my daughter and would like diabetes to not be in her way. With Congress’ support, advances will continue and there will be a day when we can be free from Type 1 diabetes.

Susan Cunnington

Merrimack