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Nurse's dedication and support helped us deal with son's diabetes diagnosis

Nurse Janet Mason-Douglas made sure Lynsey Connelly's young son knew diabetes wasn't going to hinder him
Lynsey Connelly

Nurse Janet Mason-Douglas made sure Lynsey Connelly's young son knew diabetes wasn't going to hinder him

When my son Luca was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes it was a massive shock, not only for my son but also for my husband and I. Our world was turned upside down.

We were quickly introduced to children's diabetes nurse Janet Mason-Douglas, who works at Bensham Hospital in Gateshead. Straight away she gave us all of the information we needed to know – and as much as we could handle – to help us deal with this together.

It was just days before my son’s birthday and he thought it meant he would miss his party and not get the chance to enjoy his food and play. One of the first things Janet said was: ‘You will have your party and

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