Two days after her first birthday, Joanne and Fred’s daughter, Elise, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Joanne and Fred join us for this week’s edition of ‘Rents to share how they handled managing diabetes in a child that young, how they made the decision to start pumping, how carb factors changed diabetes management, and Elise’s experience at diabetes camp this past summer where she took part in the Bionic Pancreas project.
Please tune in for a fun and informative hour with Fred and Joanne!
Fred and Joanne Cunha have been married for 14 years and have three children; 7-year-old Elise (diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 12 months), 4-year-old Mattias and almost-2-year-old Lucas. They currently live in Dallas after living in San Francisco and Vancouver. Fred was born and raised in Lisbon and Joanne was born in Montreal but grew up in Vancouver.
Fred started Team Elise (www.teamelise.com) two weeks after Elise’s diagnosis and over the last 5 years they have had over 800 people walking for Team Elise in the United States, Canada, Portugal and Mozambique and have raised over $70,000 for JDRF.
Joanne started Death of a Pancreas (www.deathofapancreas.com) two months after Elise’s diagnosis where she blogs about type 1 diabetes. She also created the animated “What NOT to say to the parent of a type 1 diabetic” video.
Never heard of carb factors? No problem – Joanne explains them here
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