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Re: [IP] Re: Steven's letter

I missed the letter also.  Can someone forward it to me?


Kim S.
Erika's mom, 20 y/o w/cystic fibrosis, diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and
email @ redacted
-----Original Message-----
From: Susan K <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>; Insulin Pumpers
<email @ redacted>
Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999 12:49 AM
Subject: [IP] Re: Steven's letter

>Hi Thomas and Steven,
>What a wonderful and inspiring letter!  Steven is a very
>brave and courageous boy.  I don't think I could do what he
>has done when I was his age.
>I was diagnosed with Juvenile DM as an adult -- and it has
>been tough for me.
>Steven, you have my love and prayers.  Keep up the good
>work.   :^)
>P.S. Don't let the negative people get you down -- they
>don't know (or care) what they are doing.
>--- Thomas Tarca <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> 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
>*                                   *
>*  -- Susan K.  (^i^)               *
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>*        Fax: (530) 380-8851        *
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