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Lori Parrish

Our son Calem (almost 8) was diagnosed Feb. 7th, 2000. Almost 3 years later, he is still very 'brittle' despite strict carb control and time schedule. We are about to take the huge step of getting the pump, and we would like to hear any advice from other parents with diabetic children in the same age range. We also have two other boys, Luke who is 5, and Carter who is 19 mos. They are now tested once per week after randomly 'catching' both in abnormally high finger checks over the summer. (Prior to that point, they were checked once a month.) So far, all diabetes antibodies and glucose testing has come back normal for them, leaving their high numbers unexplained for the most part. Anyone have any similar experiences with other non-diabetic siblings?

We will return each and every response and make a point to learn all we can to help his fight with this disease.
Thank you,
Lori Parrish

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Barbie Paulsen

This photo was taken in 2000, when Brian had just turned 12. He was diagnosed with diabetes in February of 1998, at the age of 9 1/2. He got his first pump, a Paradigm, in January of 2003. Diabetes does take a lot of our time and attention. But it hasn't stopped Brian, or the rest of the family, from living our lives and enjoying ourselves. Here we are on our annual visit to family in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. The rest of the time, we live in the San Francisco Bay Area where Brian builds computers out of scrounged parts, Alison sketches, paints and reads, Barbie teaches weaving and Bart programs computers for a living and builds steam engines as a hobby.

Barbie Paulsen and Bart, Brian and Alison Smaalders

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