Diabetes doesn’t stop Abby

NEW GLASGOW — Abby Janes has learned to live and enjoy basketball, despite being diabetic.

Now 10, she was seven years old when her mother Carla MacDonald, a nurse by profession, noticed Janes was experiencing symptoms she associated with diabetes.

“She had very obvious signs — weight loss, going to the washroom often and wanting naps in the afternoon,” MacDonald said. “It’s one thing to deal with people with diabetes, but it’s different when it’s a family member.”

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Janes has been on an insulin pump for a year to keep her body’s insulin requirement in balance.

“The pump gives her insulin all the time,” MacDonald said. “She takes it off for things like basketball. She’s no different from any other kid.”

Janes has played in the Pictou County Lightning minor basketball program for five years. She also plays softball in the summer time.

“I like a lot of things about basketball — like shooting,” Janes said. “I don’t really think about (diabetes) during the game. I can say I’m competitive. I want the ball more than anyone else. I don’t feel different. Some things are different. Some things are the same, but we’re doing the same thing.”

Besides sports, Janes has attended a diabetes camp in Barss Corner, Lunenburg County. Camp Lion Maxwell has been located there under different names for more than 50 years and offers a number of programs in a camp setting.

“I loved it,” said Janes, who got to play basketball and a number of other sports.


Abby Janes holds a basketball and wears at her waist the apparatus that pumps insulin into her body. (Goodwin photo)