Long Past Time for Type 1 Diabetes Cure,
in memory of Ina Swedler

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Isn't it long past time that reports of hoped
for "cures" 10 years in the future are the only
hope (for a cure) that type 1 diabetics have?

*** YES ***

If I see one more report of a supposed "cure"
10 years in the future, maybe, if then, I think
I'll ...

... well, needless to say, we're all grateful for
hope, -but- to be perfectly honest, looking
forward to a cure before I hit age 30 (in 1984),
now at age 50, forced to 'work' to stay alive for
the last 45 years (from the age of 5) 24x7x365
(366 every leap year) ...

... marginalized/ostracized, guilt-tripped, and
expected to pretend that type 1 diabetes is
little more than a nuisance, that type 1 diabetics
with enough will and the 'right' attitude -and- the
'right' amount of attention to the disease can
live a so-called 'normal' life ...

... Isn't it long past time to stop the lies, to
end the deceit, and to tackle the number one
problem plaguing type 1 diabetics, that being
the disease itself -and- the inordinate amount
of time it's taking to cure the disease -and- the
lying about the disease that much of the dia-
betic community -and- the misinformed -and-
those who prefer pretense over reality continue
to engage in?

*** YES ***

Isn't it about time that diseased individuals
are treated with respect and admiration rather
than with disdain, social ostracization, and con-

*** YES ***

In memory of Ina Swedler ...

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Thu, February 23, 2006

Victim's Folks Live Up to Vow
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Complete article:

Diabetes research fund hits $250Gs

by Nelly Elayoubi, Ottawa Sun

Arnie and Sarah Swedler made a vow after
their only daughter was diagnosed with juvenile
diabetes as a child.

"If we can help another child, another adult, if
they cannot suffer what we have gone through,
we'll feel better," Sarah said.

Today would have been their daughter, Ina's,
40th birthday. The former Sun scribe died in
1996 after suffering cardiac arrest shortly after
she had a complex kidney-pancreas transplant.
She left behind a two-year-old son.

At age 10, Ina was diagnosed with Type 1 dia-
betes. She was an accomplished gymnast with
a healthy lifestyle, and the diagnosis was an
utter shock to her and her family.

Regular visits to CHEO and a non-existent
juvenile diabetes research foundation were
incentive enough for the Swedlers to do as
much as they could to support the cause.

They established the Ina Swedler Memorial
Fund for diabetes and have so far raised
$250,000 for research for the juvenile diabetes

At CHEO today, they will donate a TV and DVD
player for the hospital's diabetes teaching room.
The Swedler family previously decorated and
furnished this room and gave a $1,500 donation
to Camp Banting to go to equipment used for
children and teens who suffer from juvenile dia-

They don't want any other parent to suffer the
same loss.

"A parent should not outlive their child and her
beautiful son is a wonderful boy and it's her he's
missing the most," an emotional Sarah said.

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