The Kids With Courage Foundation presents
GUARDIAN ANGELS Partners in Care.
Type 1 diabetes Education Class.
Presented by Cyndy Cohoon, Certified Diabetes Educator,
Children's Mercy Hospital and
Kids With Courage, Director of Education.
WHO CAN COME: Grandparent, Extended family,
Babysitters, Teachers, School Nurses, Day Care providers.
Anyone who cares enough to be involved with a child
with Type 1 diabetes.
Care for a child with Type 1 diabetes while the
primary care giver is away
Identify a diabetes emergency and respond with
Deliver an insulin injection with confidence
Identify foods that may drastically influence
the blood sugar of a child with diabetes
Identify myths and misinformation from facts
Deliver the same loving care to a child with diabetes as
a child without diabetes
Identify a healthy food choice
Identify when to call the healthcare provider
Hands on training
EVENT INCLUDES LIGHT SNACK, BEVERAGE,
AND EDUCATION PACKET
Click here for upcoming class dates.
Our Monthly Mentor Message!
I remember the day perfectly. It was one of my last days of summer before returning to school. My mother and I were finishing our ice cream cones in the parking lot of my doctor’s office. My yearly check-up turned out to be a four-day hospital stay because I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The feelings of sadness, angriness and oblivion consumed me. That first night laying in my hospital bed, I remember wishing there was someone there who was dealing with what I had so they could tell me how to handle it but there wasn’t. Knowing how I felt, if I am ever to be in the position to be that person I wish I had during diagnosis, this is what I would say:
“Your life is not going to be the same as it was before but everything is going to be okay. You and your family will make adjustments and life will go on. It’s hard at first. Remembering to take your blood sugar and to dose for every single piece of food you eat. It seems impossible. I promise you though, it’s not. As things settle down and you start to feel as though you are in control, you might find yourself mad. Why me? That question I still have no answer to and I have had diabetes for 5 years. It’s just starts to become your life style and the questions of why me fade away. Things begin to go back to normal after a few months and when you get an insulin pump, managing diabetes becomes easier and life becomes better. You see, having diabetes is not something you wish for but it is manageable and you can still become the person you have always wanted to be. Sure, some things may become a bit more difficult but diabetes truly doesn’t stop you from anything unless you let it. Although living with diabetes is hard, it teaches you endless lessons and shows you how truly strong you are. You can’t rid yourself of diabetes but you can defeat it. You can defeat it by accepting your diagnosis and living your life while taking the steps to stay healthy.”
Providing opportunities that encourage, educate and create positive outcomes in the lives of children, young people and families whose life long journey includes battling Type 1 diabetes.