The Herbert Family Program for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes focuses
on meeting the unique needs of young adults with type 1 diabetes (age
18-30). The program addresses the financial, psychological, social and
physical changes that challenge not only the young adult but also their
family and support system.
The program provides:
Social opportunities to meet and interact with others who have Type 1
diabetesPeer group emotional supportIndividual and group counseling following
consultationInsurance and community resource informationDiabetes self-management
educationMeter pump and sensor training and managementMedical nutrition
therapyPreconception, pregnancy, and post-natal counseling and education
Most importantly participants of the program are gaining insight, friendships
and confidence to handle life's challenges.
Buck Evans, 26, of Newport Beach, CA, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
in January 2012. The Herbert Program has brought him friendship and support
through this challenging time in his life. "A year ago I was preparing
for law school and then suddenly I learned that I have this genetic disease,"
he said. "The Herbert Program has helped me adapt and given me the
passion for a new career to assist Type 1 diabetics like myself with financial
planning and a myriad of different financial issues that can affect us."
Heather Shields, 22, of Irvine, CA, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
in 2003 at age 11 and says, "the Herbert Program has really normalized
diabetes for me and empowered me to start taking my diabetes treatment
more seriously. As a direct result of the opportunities this program has
afforded me, I've taken steps to better control my diabetes. Additionally
I have made some truly wonderful friends, and seeing so many of us come
together to share stories and laugh has made living with diabetes less
of a burden and turned it into a positive part of my life."
The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center strives to continue to reach
young adults with Type 1 diabetes and make a positive impact in their
lives by services and events tailored to this age group.
For more information on the Herbert Family Program and how to connect
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