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Fox 4: Children’s Mercy program helps kids with diabetes adjust to big life changes

By Fox 4 Newsroom

More than 250 metro children are diagnosed with diabetes every year, so a team at Children's Mercy is trying to make the big adjustment a little easier.

Fourteen-year-old Tanner Jackson has experienced a health resurgence since his diabetes diagnosis six months ago.

"I used to be really bad, but after diabetes, it made me feel like I'm a lot better than half of my team," he said.

"I've noticed a lot of changes in him as far as he's grown a lot, has more of an appetite, a lot more energy, just all around improvement," Tanner's mother Liza Jackson said.

Tanner and his mother have spent the last few months in the STAND Program at Children's Mercy. It's a program that Dr. Ryan McDonough said keeps kids from spending nights in the hospital and helps educate families of the changes that must happen after a child is diagnosed with diabetes.

"Diabetes is a really stressful disease," McDonough said. "It is a lot of education that has to happen very quickly, and that`s a big stress on families. What we see is that requires a big commitment away from home, away from other kids, away from routine, and the stress of being in the hospital adds to an already stressful disease."


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Learn more about the services offered through the Children's Mercy Diabetes Center.