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Crystal Jackson
Leesburg, Virginia

Ten-year old Devin has juvenile diabetes, the most severe form of this chronic condition. Diagnosed at 18 months, Devin must test her blood sugar throughout the day. She regularly takes insulin to control her diabetes and prevent the worst symptoms of the disease.

In addition to diabetes, Devin and her family manage two other chronic conditions, asthma and allergies. Devin uses inhalers occasionally to calm her asthma symptoms so she can breathe. She also gets allergy shots twice a month.

Crystal, Devin's mother, has become an expert at managing Devin's three chronic conditions. She works hard to get what Devin needs from the health care system, but finds numerous obstacles, including insurance companies which have at times prevented Devin from receiving timely treatment.

Crystal also makes sure that Devin enjoys life like any other little girl. Devin takes ballet, plays soccer, skates on roller blades and sings in her church choir.

Crystal and her husband also have a 12-year old son. The family lives in Leesburg, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC.



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