Diane Birch's Story

“You need a hospital, you go to Women’s College. I feel very well taken care of."

When Diane Birch was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1972, at the age of 24, she was told that she could expect to live for 20 more years – at most. But that was before she was referred to Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Anne Kenshole, a now-retired leading endocrinologist, professor and pioneering diabetes researcher. That was in 1978, and Diane is now feeling great at 68 years old. 

“Dr. Kenshole was a leader in diabetic care,” says Diane. “Under her care, I was one of the first patients in the country to use a glucometer. She put me on an insulin regimen that I still use today.” 

For 38 years, Diane has come to WCH every six months for her diabetes check-ups. She has also received care at the hospital for cardiology, rheumatology, dermatology, gynecology and family medicine. In fact, Diane loves Women’s College Hospital so much that she says she simply wouldn’t go anywhere else. 

"I would recommend Women’s to anyone,” she says. “You need a hospital, you go to Women’s College. I feel very well taken care of – they pick up on everything. I know they’re here to take care of me.”

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