“Four of my children developed Type I Juvenile diabetes and they have all struggled,” said 76-year-old Jeannie Sedich, a Las Vegas resident. “We don’t know where the diabetes came from and can’t trace it back in our family.”
Sedich’s daughter Mary was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at eight-years old. Mary passed away last year at age 51.
“I blame her stroke on just being overwhelmed to stay alive,” said Sedich. “My daughter struggled all her life to pay for her diabetes care. She was in debt. She’d maxed out her credit cards. She notified all the different companies to get the medicines she needed to stay alive. I’d hear her on the phone calling doctors and begging them to give her samples because she could not afford the medications. When Mary was first diagnosed in 1974 a vial was $12. Now look at how expensive it is.”