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[IP] Re: Steven's letter


I've published articles in a number of scholarly journals, but couldn't have
said it any better than you.  Great job.

Eric M. Goodman MSN CPNP

PS Keep up the writing

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Tarca <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>; <email @ redacted>; <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 1999 4:20 PM
Subject: Steven's letter

> Here's what started all the uproar...I thought it was a pretty benign
> letter...
> Editor:
> Can you think of anything a kid hates more than getting a shot? I can't,
> but from the time I was 5 years old until this past July when I went on
> an insulin pump, I had to take four shots of insulin a day just to stay
> alive. I'm like any other 13 year old kid. I love my dog Montana, my
> computer, traveling with my family and being with my friends. There's
> only one exception - I have
> Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes. So far, since I was diagnosed in 1991, I
> have had approximately 8,760 shots and have pricked my fingers over
> 17,000 times to check my blood sugar.
> I am telling you this because November is National Diabetes Awareness
> Month and I want people to know what it means to have my type of
> diabetes because most people don't. They think about the kind of
> diabetes that happens to the elderly or people who are overweight. They
> don't even know what the warning signs are for Type 1 - like frequent
> urination, excessive thirst, weight loss and extreme hunger.
> Most people think that insulin is a cure for diabetes, but it isn't.
> It's just a way to stay alive until a cure is found. My insulin is now
> delivered into my body continuously, 24 hours a day, by an insulin pump,
> through a thin flexible tube under my skin. By controlling my blood
> sugars, I can hopefully avoid complications like blindness or kidney
> disease.
> This month, please learn more about diabetes, especially Type 1. Please
> join me in telling our congresspeople in Washington to provide more
> funds for diabetes research. We all need to work together to find a
> cure, so that my pump will become obsolete.
> STEVEN TARCA, Yalesville, CT

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