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 works like a thumbtack and is secured with special tape. Gus insists that diabetes doesn't stop him from doing anything he'd ordinarily do, except maybe eat chicken Alfredo (and that's only because it would be a nightmare to estimate the number of carbohydrates). A cross country runner and lacrosse player at school, he traveled to Colorado last summer for his first Team Triabetes IronKids race, a program sponsored by Insulindependence. He completed a quarter-mile swim, an eight-mile bike ride, and a two-mile run. Gus manages much of his diabetes care on Gus insists that diabetes doesn't stop him from doing anything he'd ordinarily do… his own, but he depends on his parents to handle site changes because he can't access the only suitable places on his slender body. This isn't Ann Marie's first experience with Type 1 diabetes. As a child, she helped her father manage his disease at a time when tests and treatments were much more primitive. But with Gus's diagnosis, rather than throwing up her hands and screaming, "Why me?," she has thrown herself into helping not just her son but her community respond to the disease. She has served as point person for cluster families and, through her contacts 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 among state officials, helped get the investigation off the ground. THE CLUSTER-AREA FAMILIES continue to meet, with their numbers increasing as two or so children are diagnosed each year. They lean 112

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