(Photo courtesy of Joslin Diabetes Center)
Fifteen children living with Type 1 diabetes, along with their parents, recently had the opportunity to meet with country star Eric Paslay at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston prior to his performance at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ Patriots Fest concert.
Paslay was diagnosed with Type 1 himself at age 10 and wanted to be an endocrinologist until he was about 18, when he decided to pursue a music career instead. He keeps a glass of orange juice with him on stage in case his blood sugar levels drop while he’s performing and is backed up by his wife and the rest of his team, who remotely monitor his glucose levels during shows.
Before the concert, Paslay spoke with the adolescents about their experiences living with Type 1 diabetes, even comparing glucose numbers with those who use the same Dexcom continuous glucose monitor as him. He emphasized to the group how important it is to always be aware and to not be afraid to ask for help with their diabetes when they need it.
“All of us at Joslin are beyond grateful for Eric’s generosity and kindess,” said Dr. Peter Amenta, President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center. “We not only got to enjoy some of our favorite Eric Paslay hits in-person and take him on a tour of our pediatric department, but he really took the time to get to know our patients and bond with them about his own experiences living with Type 1 diabetes. It was a very special day for all of us.”
This blog entry was written by Senior Digital Editor Diane Fennell.