As National Diabetes Awareness Month closes, Type 1 diabetics still feel misunderstood

Jenna Smith, 10, has never had a sleepover. Her mother, Kim Dasilva, has a strict rule: Jenna’s friends must sleep over their house, or no sleepovers at all. Dasilva’s worry stems from the fact that Jenna is coping with an autoimmune disease. Jenna’s had Type 1 diabetes since she was…

A Long Island café is offering yoga…with cats

In a quiet yet colorful room, the smooth voice of a yoga instructor guides spandex-clad attendees to a peaceful place while cats of different sizes roam freely all around them. In any other yoga class, the presence of cats might raise an eyebrow, but at the Shabby Tabby Cat Café,…

For diabetics, proper foot care is crucial to health

As a child, Josephine Decresenzo watched her mother lose toes to diabetes. Her family had little money to be able to afford the proper footwear and custom insoles she required. Now, as a 71-year-old living with the same disease, Decresenzo ensures she takes the necessary measures to prevent these health…

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