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Finding out your child has type 1 diabetes can be so overwhelming. Once the initial shock passes, the intense education process begins. It's a new way of living, and there is so much to learn; nutrition, highs, lows, monitors, insulin dosages... the list seems to go on forever. The fears and questions may seem to also. You receive so much information from your doctors, diabetes educators and dieticians, but then the time comes when you and your child go home and "do it alone"... But you are not alone!

A family interested in being connected with the Network will meet other families from the North Central CT and Western MA regions at annual Family Events, walking together at the Walk to Cure Diabetes, and other activities coordinated by members. The Network is about sharing, helping, listening, and new friendships with people who understand your fears, questions, and yes, even your tears. We are not professionals, but concerned parents who have been where you are.

All families living with type 1 diabetes are welcome to be a part of the Family Network. The Network operates through the North Central CT/Western MA Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but is driven and coordinated by volunteers.

Click here to view the JDRF Family Network video.

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