Eliana Salmon Mathias Salmon
Eliana (age 15) and Mathias (age 13) Salmon have launched a new website called sweetsiblings.org. Mathias was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 9 years ago. Mathias, 13, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just a toddler. His sister, 15, has been helping him cope with the condition for a decade. The two have been active in the diabetes community in New York, but they felt they could have a much greater impact if they posted their suggestions online. They’ve created a space where kids can talk to their peers about their life-changing condition.
The site, which is available in English and Spanish, is aimed at mentoring newly diagnosed kids. The two teenagers post advice on kid-friendly topics, such as eating favorite foods, dealing with diabetes during school, and handling holiday diet temptations.
As teenagers who understand what it means to have diabetes and to have a family member living with diabetes, both Eliana and Mathias know that it takes a long time to get accustomed to life with T1D. They recognize that there is insufficient funding for endocrinologists and their support teams. Despite patients’ need for attention and education, busy medical practices often cannot provide adequate support for children that were recently diagnosed. They hope to be here to address all of your unanswered questions.
Being advised by adults and professionals does not have the same impact as getting tips from children who have lived with the disease and their siblings. Sweetsiblings.org hopes to serve as relatable role models for healthy living with Type 1 Diabetes.