New Prague Family Learns, Educates in Life with Diabetes

February 05, 2018 08:31 PM

The life of the Hanson family is anything but ordinary.

Megan and John Hanson, of New Prague, had twins, each of whom has been diagnosed with type-one diabetes. 


Megan Hanson also has the condition. The twins, Leland and Lincoln, are old enough to realize there is a battle going on inside their bodies. For five years, the family says, the twins have been adjusting to find their normal routine.

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The twin boys have continuous glucose monitors attached to their arms that read their blood sugar levels every five minutes. They also have pumps attached to them to administer insulin. Further, they wear special belts that carry an iPhone, so both John and Megan can monitor their tests while they are away at school.

The Johnsons not only are discovering each day's new challenge and how to manage it well, but are also heavily involved with the diabetes community, including participating in annual walks.

The family says they have made sure to advocate for their cause and educate others about everything they've learned along the way, including by making videos and posting them online.

The parents said the goal is to eventually "get to a cure" and "help discover some pretty impressive breakthroughs with different treatments that could be close to a cure." 



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