The Efinger Family
Our daughter Ruby, age 11, was diagnosed with T1D, on her first day of middle school about one month ago. It was a devastating diagnosis as we knew so little about type 1 diabetes and the constant care that it demands. By some miracle however, we were introduced to Emily Davis within a week of being discharged from Yale.
.No matter how much we’ve read up on diabetes and listened to physicians in the field, it is Emily who has taught our family the intricacies of this complicated and taxing diagnosis in the short time that we’ve known her. We were lucky enough to have Emily join us on a family weekend away and it was an invaluable experience for all of us. To see our daughter sit at the kitchen table with Emily and ask all of her questions about her pump, her monitor, her life was truly moving.
Emily listens patiently first and foremost and does not attempt to impose her vast knowledge in an overwhelming manner. She waits for chances to offer support, advice and tips as the questions arise. At the same time, you could ask her 100 questions in a row and she would answer them all. The emotional impact that type 1 has on a family is hard to describe unless you’ve personally experienced it; but Emily has helped us so much already that we cannot help but accept the challenge of this condition and to learn from Emily’s example.