Friday, October 31, 2014

State Representative Brian Stewart and FHN Host Diabetes Awareness Day


Freeport… Together with FHN, State Representative Brian Stewart will host a free diabetes screening for the public from 8 to 10AM on Friday, November 14. The event will be held at the Stewart Centre, located at 50 W. Douglas, in Freeport. People wishing to be tested at this event are advised to fast for two hours prior to their screening, as a finger-stick blood glucose test will be issued.
Nearly 800,000 Illinoisans have diabetes, and of that number, 500,000 are unaware of their condition.

Representative Stewart stated, “As the fight to curb the onset of diabetes continues, FHN will graciously host this event to make our citizens more aware of the troublesome disease. Health screenings such as this can help save lives and I encourage everyone to join us on November 14.”
Yearly, $7.3 billion is spent on both direct and indirect costs associated with the care of diabetes in Illinois, which accounts for more than 10% of all health care spending. The earlier treatment begins, the easier it is to prevent the dreadful, costly and sometimes fatal side effects of diabetes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

State Representative Tom Demmer and KSB Hospital Host Diabetes Awareness Day


Dixon…Together with KSB Hospital, State Representative Tom Demmer will host a free diabetes screening for the public from 7 to 9AM on Friday, November 14. The event will be held at the KSB Center for Diabetes Management, Commerce Towers, Suite 121, at 215 E. First Street, in Dixon. People wishing to be tested at this event are advised to fast for two hours prior to their screening, as a finger-stick blood glucose test will be used.

Nearly 800,000 Illinoisans have diabetes. Of that number, 500,000 of those are unaware of their condition.

Representative Demmer stated, “Diabetes continues to be one of the fastest growing diseases worldwide, affecting Americans of every gender, race and ethnicity.  KSB is once again kindly hosting this event in a continuing effort to remain dedicated to providing health education and awareness to our community.  Preventative health screenings such as this can help save lives and I encourage my constituents to join us November 14th.”

Yearly, $7.3 billion is spent on both direct and indirect costs associated with the care of diabetes in Illinois, which accounts for more than 10% of all health care spending. The earlier treatment begins, the easier it is to prevent the dreadful, costly and sometimes fatal side effects of diabetes.

Friday, May 2, 2014

1st Annual Bowling for Diabetes tournament raises $10,000

The members of Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus and the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus Foundation held their first bowling tournament on April 30th raising more than $10,000 for the foundation and to send children with Diabetes to camp through the American Diabetes Association.

Rep. Michael Tryon announced the winners on the House Floor on May 1st. This will be an annual event for the Caucus and the Foundation.





The winning team led by Reps Tracy, Osmond & Hammond.



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Diabetes Caucus Proud to Reach 1,116 Illinoisans on Diabetes Awareness Day

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus is proud to announce it screened 1,116 people on Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14th.

"These screenings allowed us to not only help individuals with early detection, it also allowed The Diabetes Caucus to raise awareness for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

These free screenings sponsored by both Representatives and Senators took place throughout the state at various Diabetes events, businesses, hospitals and health fairs. The screenings were provided in partnership with local health departments and hospitals.
“A special thanks to Novo Nordisk for all their help in setting up each screening and providing key educational materials for all the participants and businesses,” said Durkin.

“Through these screenings, those showing signs of diabetes or pre-diabetes were identified and they were encouraged to seek additional testing by their personal physicians,” said State Rep. Michael Tryon, founding member of the Diabetes Caucus. “I know that at the diabetes event I sponsored, we had two individuals who were referred for additional testing. I am pleased the Diabetes Caucus was able to assist Illinoisans with early detection, which is the key to successful management of diabetes.”

In addition to the free screening the Diabetes Caucus has sponsored legislation including the creation of Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14th, legislation to create a Diabetes Action Plan throughout the state and new Diabetes Awareness License Plates.

Members of the Diabetes Caucus are already planning free Diabetes screenings statewide for next Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14, 2014 please check www.ilgadiabetes.com for a location near you.

30 Stories of Diabetes Education: Colleen Farrell

Colleen Farrell


I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at 5 years old in August 1992. This year marked 21 years as a diabetic, and still going strong. Constant urination and extreme thirst were my symptoms. My parents knew something was wrong when we were on our way to a neighbor’s party. I had just gone to the bathroom before we left, and about 2 minutes later I had to go again and almost didn’t make it down the street. I missed over 100 days of school after the diagnosis.
My grandma had been a type 1 diabetic since she was in her 30s, and when my parents told her she said her heart was broken because she knew what kind of life I would have to live each day. My grandma passed away when I was in 3rd grade, but still to this day she is my inspiration for living a healthy and full life as a type 1 diabetic.
I started on a strict diet, poking my finger 10-15 times a day, and taking insulin shots. I was on shots until my freshman year of high school when I got a pump. The first time my doctor put the pump on me (in my stomach), I nearly passed out. I was terrified, but the pump has been the best thing for my diabetes. I feel so much better. It’s my mini portable pancreas.
I went to the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Can Do from 5-9 years old. After I graduated high school, I went back to volunteer as a camp counselor and eventually a camp teacher. This year marked my 9th year of volunteering. I love going to camp because it’s so refreshing to meet other people who are going through the same experiences I am, and also because it brings me great joy to be a role model for these young children. I was once those kids, so I understand firsthand what they are going through. Every year, I learn something new at camp from the campers and counselors. It has been a very positive experience for me.
I am now a 6th grade teacher and I enjoy teaching my students about diabetes as well. There are a couple of students in my school who are diabetics, and I am often their advocate, helping hand, and listening ear. I am grateful to be an inspiration and role model to them. I know how hard it was being the only diabetic in my school, so I hope to keep motivating them to do well.
The past 21 years have been a battle, but I’m a fighter. I would not be here today without the love, support, and energy of my mom, dad, sisters, boyfriend, and friends. I can never thank them enough. It hasn’t always been easy, but I hope that I can spread awareness and be an inspiration to others who are also fighting the good fight.