LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Type 1 diabetes is when a person's body does not make enough insulin, a hormone need to convert sugar, starches, and other food, into energy. So, a diabetic person needs to rely on insulin injections, or an insulin pump, according to the American Diabetes Association.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosted Living with Type 1 Sunday.
It was a luncheon for families affected by type 1 diabetes, and a way to show local kids there are other children their age going through a similar situation.
"These children come (into the doctor's office) every three months, they're checking their blood sugar four to six times a day, giving four to six shots a day, or using an insulin pump. Definitely people with Type 1 diabetes can live wonderful, normal and happy lives, but it requires a lot of hard work," said Dr. Jennifer McVean, pediatric endocrinologist at Gundersen Lutheran.
Gwen Schroeder, 10, was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was just 4 years old.
At Sunday's lunch, she was introduced as the ambassador for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes, and will speak about her experiences with the disease.
The 2013 walk is Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. in Myrick Park.
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