WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Type 1 Diabetes Update Since we had last talked, Colleen, too, had a life-changing experience – thanks to a pocket-sized device called a continuous glucose monitor. Through a wireless connection to a sensor inserted just under the skin, the monitor records fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Colleen, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 37 after giving birth to her fourth child, eagerly embraced the opportunity to chart her numbers. When she first checked her overnight blood sugar levels, "It was really scary!" she wrote in an e-mail. "My blood sugar was going up and down all night." But with the rigorous approach she had applied to her earlier career as a software engineer, Colleen refined the calibrations on her insulin pump to give her just the right doses her body needed at different times of night. "I kept doing this until one day I woke up and instead of a crazy graph I had a straight line – my blood sugar stayed in a normal range the entire night." Her monitor was equipped with an alarm that alerted her by beeping or vibrating when her blood sugar levels were trending too low or too high. An avid athlete, she was elated once again to play tennis with her mind focused on the game, rather than on her blood glucose level. DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES at age seven, Gus is long past feeling self-conscious about his disease. In fact, he takes mischievous delight when his teachers mistake his electronic diabetes gear for cell phones, which students are forbidden to use at Weston Middle School. The week before I visited him, an eighth grade teacher had tried to take away his continuous glucose monitor, before Gus set him straight. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 Later, when Gus adjusted the dosage delivered by his insulin pump, a T H E R A M S E Y / K R E F T F A M I LY Isabel, Timothy, and Owen seated (l to r): Ann Marie and Gus standing (l to r): chorus teacher thought he was texting. "She can try to take it away," the towheaded boy said with a sly smile, "but it's attached to me." Gus's mother, Ann Marie Kreft, had been concerned about her son's transition from grade school to the larger middle school. But she says (CONTINUED ON PAGE 111) 106

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