The UVM Children’s Hospital Type 1 Diabetes Clinic seeks families who have children with Type 1 Diabetes and are interested in participating in our Type 1 Diabetes Patient/Family Advisory Council. If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Safran, patient and family-centered care coordinator, at 802-999-9731 or charlotte.safran@uvmhealth.org

The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital recognizes that patients and their families have valuable wisdom, advice, and experiences that can be used to improve the delivery, quality, and safety of health care. 

Martha Bloom, a committed patient/family advisor on the Type 1 Diabetes Advisory Council, has offered perspective and insight at our monthly meetings for years. 

Our council works to support the Type 1 Diabetes Clinic in offering a supportive, informative, and collaborative approach to managing this chronic disease. Martha shared part of her story with us.

Martha’s Story

“The memory of the day our seven-year-old daughter sat in the doctor’s office, pricking her tiny finger to test her blood sugar for the first time will never be erased from my mind. A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes rocked our world. We learned to weigh food, count carbohydrates, calculate insulin doses, and give insulin shots every time our little girl prepared to eat something. 

Fortunately, the Children’s Specialty Center eased the burden of the diagnosis with their kind, professional and genuine care. They understand the magnitude of type 1 diabetes and somehow made it bearable. Every caregiver that crossed our path believed in us and gave us the confidence and knowledge to tackle type 1 diabetes, one day at a time. 

Eleven years later our little girl rocks the world as a freshman in college. Although it involves day-to-day management, I can say with conviction that the incredible care we receive at the diabetes clinic contributes to our daughter’s success.

The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes changed many aspects of our lives. It also opened many doors. We found comfort, support and friendship through families that walked a similar path. It led to my involvement with the Type 1 Diabetes Patient and Family Advisory Council. 

As a member, I now give back to others navigating the challenges of type 1 diabetes. It allows me to bring a patient and family perspective to the table in order to improve and develop the already wonderful care the diabetes clinic provides. It allows us to collaborate on many different levels with the hospital staff, patients and families. I could not be more proud of the many educational presentations and projects we have initiated.”

Join Us!

The UVM CHildren’s Hospital Type 1 Diabetes Clinic welcome families who have children with Type 1 Diabetes to participate in our Type 1 Diabetes Patient/Family Advisory Council.  

If you are interested in learning more, contact Charlotte Safran, patient and family-centered care coordinator, at 802-999-9731 or charlotte.safran@uvmhealth.org

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