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Wall of Honor Success Stories

The following UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence patients have been successful in managing their blood sugars.  We hope their stories inspire and encourage other young people living with diabetes.  

  • August 22, 2019 Cameron

    Cameron

    Cameron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 22 months old.  Like many 7 year-olds he enjoys playing sports. He and his family do a wonderful job keeping his blood sugars in a healthy range.  Cameron's story includes going to diabetes camp, throwing out the first pitch at JDRF night at the Paw Sox and the school project which rewarded him a fun experience.  FULL STORY

  • July 01, 2019 Emilie Cloutier, Diabetes care at UMass Memorial

    Emilie Cloutier, RN

    Emilie Cloutier, RN, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was only 13 months old, so she’s never known life without it.  Now, 25 years later, she’s a pediatric nurse at the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence in addition to being a patient in the adult diabetes clinic.  FULL STORY

  • June 01, 2019 Sophie

    Sophie

    Sophie admits that living with diabetes can be challenging.  She experienced “diabetes burnout” around the age of 13.  Today the recent high school graduate is the volunteer co-chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Youth Leadership Program and she interacts with and mentors other young people from throughout New England living with type 1 diabetes.  FULL STORY

  • April 01, 2019 Brian

    Brian

    Brian was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 7 years old.  His mother credits the pediatric diabetes care team at the UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence with changing his life by providing Brian with resources, motivation and confidence.  His lifestyle change resulted in lowering his A1c from 13.5% to 5.9%.  FULL STORY  

  • March 01, 2019 Braden

    Braden

    Braden was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10.  Two years later, he is on an inulin pump and CGM with an A1c of 7.1%.  Braden plays baseball, football, basketball and golf.  Each sport affects his blood sugar differently, and he’s learned how to manage the various situations.  On his first two diaversaries, he packed and donated bags for children who are in the hospital with a new T1D diagnosis.  FULL STORY

  • January 01, 2019 nicole johnson miss america diabetes

    Nicole Johnson - 1999 Miss America

    Nicole Johnson won the Miss America title in 1999.  She became the first Miss America with diabetes and the first contestant to publicize the use of an insulin pump.  Today Nicole is a nationally recognized diabetes advocate, National Director of JDRF Mission, and one of the biggest supporters of the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence.  READ MORE

  • December 14, 2018 Gian-Carlo

    Gian-Carlo

    Gian-Carlo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the summer of 2015 after completing 6th grade. He enjoys soccer, snowboarding, and skateboarding.  After plenty of experimentation, Gian-Carlo and his mother have worked with the UMass diabetes care team to get his blood sugars under control. 
    FULL STORY

  • October 01, 2018 T.J.

    T.J.

    TJ was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2017 at the age of 4.  He began full day Kindergarten this year, and his numbers are doing very well.  Since diagnosis, he has become more social due to all of the interactions with his care team and caregivers.  They get to see his silly, funny, and larger than life personality. When asked about his diabetes, TJ explains, “I take shots because my pancreas broke.  I’m still regular.”  FULL STORY  

  • July 01, 2018 Hailey

    Hailey

    Hailey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six.  She is now an active high school student living everyday with her "new normal."  Hailey describes in her own words, the events leading up to her diagnosis, as well as the three days she spent at the UMass Pediatric Diabetes Care Center, receiving "a slew of tests and the news that would forever change my life."  She shared with us an essay she wrote about her diagnosis.  READ MORE

  • April 01, 2018 Sophia Binici football diabetes

    Sophia Binici

    Sophia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 12 ½ years old.  She recently celebrated her 10 diaversary.  In high school she proved that T1D has no limits when she became the first girl in her school’s history to play and score points for the otherwise all-boys varsity football team!  Sophia graduated from Elon University and is currently working at UMass Medical School as a Clinical Research Assistant. She hopes to become a pediatric endocrinologist or diabetes educator so that she can help children through the challenges of growing up with diabetes.  READ MORE

  • January 01, 2018 Julie Kozlowski

    Julie Kozlowski

    Julie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 3.  A year later she experienced a low blood sugar seizure which resulted in temporary paralysis. After that experience Julie began struggling to manage her diabetes.  She is very grateful to “her team” consisting of Dr. Harlan, Dr. Thompson, and the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence educators.  READ MORE

     

  • October 01, 2017 kitty carruthers diabetes success story

    Kitty Carruthers

    U.S. Olympian and four time National Figure Skating Champion, Kitty Carruthers doesn’t allow diabetes to stand in the way of her life. With determination to succeed perfected in international competitions, Kitty is also determined to succeed in staying healthy. Dr. David Harlan has been seeing her for many years and together they have kept her blood sugars within a healthy target range.  FULL STORY

  • August 01, 2017 Jennifer Schneider Diabetes

    Jennifer Schneider, MD, MS

    Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12, Jennifer never allowed the disease to stop her from doing things she loved, including completing an Ironman Ironman Triathlon and climbing Kilimanjaro.  READ MORE

  • July 01, 2017 David Blodgett, PhD

    David Blodgett, PhD

    David is unique among the DCOE patients. He has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and is a research scientist at the UMass Medical School.  He was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 3.  Today he's a healthy adult who focuses his scientific career on finding the cure for diabetes.  READ MORE

  • January 01, 2017 Christine Croteau

    Christine Croteau

    Christine Croteau has never let her type 1 diabetes control her.  She continues to find new ways to challenge herself through mind, body and soul.  She credits her support system, including the UMass DCOE for her ongoing athletic achievement. Her impressive artwork titled “Flights of Freedom: Diabetic Test Strips Metamorphosis into Butterflies” was recently featured in an art gallery  FULL STORY, VIDEO AND PHOTOS

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