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The Wire’s 2013 Portsmouth City Council Voters’ Guide

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Name: Stefany Shaheen Age: 39 Years living in Portsmouth: 7 Prior public service experience: I was honored to serve as the National Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress and I continue to sit on the Foundation’s Advocacy Committee. I worked with the Seacoast Early Learning Alliance to create a system of shared services that enabled childcare centers throughout the seacoast to operate with greater efficiency. In 2006, Governor Lynch appointed me to serve on the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women and I was later appointed to be Chair by the...

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The Diabetes Dinner by ELLE

Posted by on Jun 3, 2010 in elle, Uncategorized | 5 comments

The Diabetes Dinner by ELLE

It is with pride and unconditional affection that I share a post my daughter, Elle, drafted.  She recently attended a fundraising dinner for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  I hope that you will enjoy reading about her adventure almost as much as I did! As I put my hands on the door handle to a restaurant where the event was held, I imagined what it would look like inside. Would everyone inside have a test kit? An insulin pen or pump? As I took the door handle with all my strength and pulled the door open, my eyes just could not take everything in. It all looked so...

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A Tribute To Mother’s Intuition

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

On this Mother’s Day, I would also like to celebrate the strength and determination mothering a child with type 1-diabetes demands. I learned to love ferociously the day I became a mother, but at that time I never imagined the depths of a mother’s worry when helping a child live with this chronic, complex and relentless diagnosis. Here’s to mothers who have more sleepless nights than most, who keep calculators on their kitchen counters, always have candy on their person and have learned how to be continuous glucose monitors.

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The Language of “Good” Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

I grew up with two sisters. My mother is also one of three girls and my father has three sisters and no brothers. My husband and I have three daughters and one son of our own. To coin a phrase from a classic childhood musical, you could safely say that I am “dripping with little girls”. Perhaps it is the influence of all these women and girls in my life or maybe it was my senior thesis in college or the evidence I collected as a collegiate athlete. Somewhere along the line, I developed a particular sensitivity to body image and food issues. Parenting a Type 1 Diabetic has...

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The State of Our Union

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in elle, featured, must-read, news, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The State of Our Union

Last night I had the privilege of attending the State of the Union as my mother’s guest. Of all the public speeches, campaign rallies and inaugural addresses, the State of the Union is one speech I have always wanted to witness. It is nearly impossible to completely capture on television the nuances associated with the delivery of and responses to this address. There are simply not enough cameras to catch the varying reactions of such a diverse group of attendees. How often is it that nearly every member of the federal government is in one room at the same time all listening and...

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The Trials of Medical Research

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in elle, family, featured, Uncategorized | 3 comments

The Trials of Medical Research

Friday marked the end of an era for our family. Our two-year journey into medical research is one that I am sure to draw on again as I continue to blog. But today, I find myself oddly nostalgic and deeply grateful as Elle and I reflected together on this challenging and compelling experience. 28 days to the day after Elle was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, she enrolled and began receiving treatment in a clinical research trial at Yale-New Haven hospital. The protocol for this trial was demanding and required a serious commitment from her, first and foremost, but also from everyone in our...

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