In wake of diabetes diagnosis, Georgetown's Austin Freeman overwhelmed by attention, support


These days, the letters and e-mails arrive in the Georgetown athletic department by the bundle, all wanting to share a story with Austin Freeman. “You’re an inspiration to people with diabetes, I’m looking up to you now. ...” The strangers all want the Hoyas junior guard to know that playing with diabetes isn’t uncommon. That it can be done. That it’s not as big of a hurdle as it might appear. That there’s now a whole big network of support open to him to pick and peruse. Freeman, though, is just trying to figure out one thing: Diabetes itself. “I’ve gotten e-mails and stuff from people telling me they have diabetes,” a reserved Freeman said in the Hoyas’ locker room after their 69-49 win over South Florida. “About how they’ve played college basketball. About how they’ve played college sports. But I mean, it’s good to know that there’s people out there that care. And that I have support.” But since news of Freeman’s diabetes was disclosed last week, it’s been an overwhelming couple of days.

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Freeman Doesn't Understand His Diabetes


When Georgetown's Austin Freeman started experiencing symptoms of diabetes, he thought it was a stomach flu. Once word got out that he has diabetes, the media spread the word like wildfire. Freeman isn't even sure what type of diabetes he has, all he is sure of, is hoping to be a mentor for other athletes battling the disease. Hoya's coack, John Thompson III, told the Star-Ledger that he has a constant eye on Freeman in the game. “I’m watching him, trying to read his body language. Fortunately we have a great medical staff, so that’s all they’re doing. But at the same time, you’ve just got to watch him.” Diabetes is not an uncommon condition for athletes. Millions of people in the U.S. are undiagnosed, it's likely the star basketball player has had diabetes for years. Symptoms of type 1 and type 2 are similar. According the American Diabetes Association, type 1 symptoms include frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability.

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Parents face trial in diabetes death of SoCal teen


Trial has begun for a Riverside County couple accused of letting their daughter slip into a deadly diabetic coma in their filthy Cabazon mobile home.
Gregory and Yvonne Latham could face 15 years to life if convicted of second-degree murder in the 2006 death of their daughter. Prosecutor Burke Strunsky told jurors Tuesday that 17-year-old Nanette Latham spent the last four days of her life starving and in a mental fog, wearing a wet diaper, because her parents didn't call paramedics. They finally called 911 after she stopped breathing. Defense attorneys argued that the girl's parents had tried their best to care for their daughter and thought she had the flu.

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