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  • Phoenix teen with Type 1 diabetes starts support group

    Teen with Type 1 diabetes starts a group for others and their families
  • It can be lonely being a kid with Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes. You feel different than other kids, says 16-year-old Hailey Ordal of Phoenix. That's something teens definitely don't want, she adds.
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      What: Support group for youths with Type 1 diabetes and their families
      When: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 2
      Where: St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford
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      If you go
      What: Support group for youths with Type 1 diabetes and their families

      When: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 2

      Where: St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford

      For more information: email Hailey Ordal at southernoregont1d@gmail.com
  • It can be lonely being a kid with Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes. You feel different than other kids, says 16-year-old Hailey Ordal of Phoenix. That's something teens definitely don't want, she adds.
    The sprightly Hailey, who loves playing piano and taking her Corgi to dog shows, learned a year ago, after battling the classic symptoms of fatigue, weight loss, hunger and thirst, that she has so-called juvenile diabetes and must inject herself with insulin four times a day for the rest of her life.
    "When I heard, I knew it was bad. I was really upset," says Hailey. "I thought I'd be stuck in this hospital all my life. I thought I'd done this to myself."
    Over the months, Hailey learned the ropes — how to prick her finger and see whether her blood sugar was in the safe range, and how to inject insulin with a tiny needle in her leg or stomach. She knows there is no cure and this is now part of her lifestyle.
    Hailey has learned she can do anything normal kids can do, but she has to focus on eating a lot more fiber and vegetables — no high-carb stuff like pizza and ice cream — and she has to calculate what foods will lift glucose and what exercises will take it down. She tests and injects accordingly.
    Life is under control now, except for one missing piece: Kids her age who are in the same boat and with whom she can play, hang, talk and enjoy without having to hide the disease and its treatment.
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