On a family camping trip, Eric didn’t feel quite right. This led to a visit to his paediatrician, and then to CHEO, where he was ultimately diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes Clinic provided the family with lots of training from diabetic educators and also arranged a nurse to come to their home twice a day to give Eric his insulin injections during those first stressful days. Eric had a year of injections, 8 months of multiple daily injections, and then received an insulin pump.
This process gave Eric a full understanding of his disease and the balance necessary to manage it. Eric has taken an active role in helping his school understand what students with type 1 diabetes need to be healthy, including a safety plan for staff.
Eric always sees the good in every situation, and the support of his family helped him adapt to his diagnosis. Eric is naturally positive, but sees the realities of diabetes all too clearly. He knows there is no vacation from it. Type 1 diabetes is with him every single moment of every single day.