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Published November 14, 2010, 12:00 AM

November is diabetes month

During November, we take time to give thanks for the many blessing in our lives.

By: Susan Stockert, Bismarck

During November, we take time to give thanks for the many blessing in our lives. November also happens to be National Diabetes Month, which has a deeply personal meaning for my family.

My son Chase, 6, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes shortly after his second birthday. Since that day, our lives forever changed. Gone were the carefree days of his childhood. Replaced was a life filled with insulin injections, multiple daily finger pokes to check blood sugars, and constant carbohydrate counting.

The complications associated with this disease such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage and amputation are always on our minds and require constant vigilance on our part to keep them at bay.

Given all this, we still have hope that a cure is on the horizon. This hope is made possible in part due to the Special Diabetes Program. This program is making real progress in diabetes research, treatment and prevention efforts. It is getting Chase and the millions others living with diabetes closer to a cure.

Thankfully, we have had Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., in our corner. He has been a true champion of this program, and we are very grateful for his efforts to get the program this far and to secure a multiyear renewal this year.

On behalf of myself, my family and all those in North Dakota living with diabetes, thank Dorgan for his work in bringing us closer to a cure.