An athlete pursues her dreams – and manages her diabetes – with support from Children's Health
For nearly a decade, Whitney has made a name for herself on the basketball court. Between AAU leagues in the summer and her high school team during the school year, she has lost track of the hours spent on defensive drills, ball handling and perfecting her jump shot.
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A dance with type 1 diabetes
Lily spends every moment she can dancing with her studio. From hip hop to ballroom to tap, she competes in all types of dance. She's been a junior Texas Legends dancer, a mini Dallas Cowboy cheerleader and has placed in the top 10 of solo competitions.
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Brothers share a common bond and condition
Brothers Rex and Charlie have a lot in common: They both love sports, they both do well in school and they both are managing a chronic condition with the support of their family and the experts in the diabetes program at Children's Health.
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A boy, and his dog, live every day to the fullest
Easton was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was a day his mother, Lexie, will never forget. "He had been feeling off for the last few months – always hungry, constantly thirsty and several nighttime accidents," she says. "We just figured he was going through a growth spurt."
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Aidan finds answers and care for type 1 diabetes at Children's Health
In the summer of 2018, 10-year-old Aidan began experiencing stomach pain on a regular basis. After several weeks, his aunt, Makaila, was concerned that his symptoms were getting worse. After a particularly difficult evening, she brought him to the emergency room in Texarkana in search of answers.
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From picky eater to picking healthy choices
Alexander the Great was a celebrated warrior in Greece. In fact, the name "Alexander" means "defender of men" and "fighter," and because of this, one determined boy in Dallas is aptly-named.
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Nadia doesn't let diabetes dull her sparkle
When Nadia was just 3 years old, her mom, Natalie, brought her to the doctor, suspecting she may have a urinary tract infection. The doctor agreed and prescribed antibiotics, but when the family returned a week later for a follow up appointment, a urinalysis revealed there was glucose present. An additional blood test determined that Nadia's A1C level, or average blood sugar level, was elevated to 9%. The normal range is 4.6 – 6.0%.
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A young athlete achieves her goal of managing type 1 diabetes on and off the field
Journey has a smile that can light up a room and a fierce determination on the soccer field. A dedicated student, artist and athlete, you might never guess that among everything else, she is managing a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
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Stronger together: A mom and daughter take control of their health
In spring 2016, Sandra Hernandez took her 10-year-old daughter Abby for her annual check-up. There, the physician shared that her daughter’s glucose levels were high. With a long family history of diabetes, Sandra knew it was time to act. She wanted to give her daughter more control over her health.
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Focusing on her health gives patient a new outlook on life
Desarae came to Children's Health in 2015 looking for help and support getting healthy. Her blood pressure was dangerously high and she was overweight, despite impressive efforts on her own to reach a healthier weight.
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Surgery gives a young man a new chance at life
Jacob had always been noticeably bigger than his peers – a characteristic that his Pee Wee football coaches viewed as an advantage during elementary school. Some of his classmates, however, weren't always as kind.
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