Managing Type 1 Diabetes is a team effort

For Stefani Linse and her 8-year-old daughter Ashleigh, starting a new school year is more complicated than many families experience.

At the age of four, Ashleigh was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Since then it’s been a steep learning curve for the family, says Linse.

A teacher by profession, her only exposure to Type 1 Diabetes was a boy she had taught 10 years ago. “Thinking back I realize I didn’t know enough. I knew that if his blood sugar levels were below five he needed fast sugar. If levels were above 15, I knew the parents had to be notified. What I didn’t know was that these situations could be so life threatening. Now as a mother of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, I understand what a parent would want a teacher to know.”


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