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November 17, 2017 By Denise Barnard
Let’s End Diabetes Now

It was the most beautiful winter day, Suzy Shalla recalls. However, while standing at the bottom of the hill with her two young sons after a toboggan run, Suzy realized her blood sugar levels were low. Recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she hadn’t yet figured out how exercise could affect her blood sugar. “I might as well have been looking up at Mount Everest,” she says, remembering the struggle to climb to the top of the hill and get back to her house, all the while shaking and wondering what would happen to her boys (who were then one and three years old) if she were to go unconscious at that moment.

Fortunately, Suzy made it, but that day, she realized how much her life had changed since her diagnosis – and that until a cure could be found this change was permanent. That’s why the work of researchers, such as Dr. Pere Santamaria, who has, in the words of Diabetes Canada’s chief science officer, Dr. Jan Hux, “stopped type 1 diabetes right at its onset in the lab,” is so important. Watch Suzy and Dr. Hux talk about the urgent need to fund a cure and End Diabetes now – and how you can help (and even have your donation doubled).

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