Emma Chionglo had been feeling sick for some time. A trip to Markham Stouffville Hospital's emergency department last December confirmed it was type 1 diabetes.

“I don’t like to think about what could have happened if Emma hadn’t received the diagnosis when she did,” says mom Shelley. “It could have been bad.” After Emma was stabilized, the family was referred to MSH's paediatric diabetes clinic where they received intensive three-day training on how to care for their daughter, and where Emma continues to be monitored by the clinic’s multidisciplinary team.

“Having this kind of program available here in Markham is just phenomenal. We learned the basics of the disease, how to give insulin and what we need to do to keep Emma healthy and active. The team is nothing short of extraordinary,” says Shelley. Emma’s diabetes team will continue to support her until she is 18. “They feel like part of our family now," says Shelley. “There’s no place I’d rather have her.”

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