WTMJ Cares: Nurse with T1D educates newly diagnosed patients with same disease

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is no picnic.

"It's a hard disease," said Maggie Frederick, a diabetes nurse clinician at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.  "Even though it's manageable, it's rough."

Frederick knows all about the disease.  She, herself, has had T1D since she was two years old.  Now she works with patients who have been recently diagnosed.  

"If the kid is scared, I'll inject shots with them," Frederick explained.  "I'll take out a syringe and poke myself. I tell them 'Hey, we got this.'"

It can be overwhelming for families learning how to live with T1D.  Sharing her story with new patients can make a difference, according to Frederick.

"I want to set a good example," she said.  "That's my goal.  (Children with T1D) can do anything they want to do.  This disease doesn't have to stop them."

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