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Feb 25, 2014 9:01 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Support for families facing Type 1 diabetes

11-year-old Mackenzie Dupre and her parents have handled the day to day tasks of Type 1 diabetes for nearly 10 years.

"We didn't have time to be worried or nervous it was just ok, this is what we need to do and let's figure out what to do with it," says dad Greg.

Like many parents with a newly diagnosed child, the Dupre's needed information. They turned not only to their doctor, but also to friends facing a similar situation.

"It was very comforting, they gave us some tips and practical advice and it was someone that we could reach out to if we had any questions."

"Families, they go through a lot and there are a lot of things families can teach each other."

Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Janna Flint says bringing these families together makes a big difference.

"An older patient with Type 1 diabetes whose been in the school setting and dealing with it for years, that kiddo and that family has a lot to teach a family who might have a kid that's newly diagnosed."

Mackenzie says she's an old pro when it comes to testing her blood sugar and paying attention to warning signs, but it still takes work.

"It's a constantly changing routine, as she gets older, things change."

Some of those warning signs, Mackenzie told us, are extreme hunger or thirst, frequent urination, shaky feeling or confusion.

Dr. Flint tells us they are looking for more families to get involved with the support group. It is the last Tuesday of every month at the Kids Specialty Center on the campus of Women's and Children's. It starts at 5:45 in the evening. For more information you can call 1-877-302-2731.

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