Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Video: Kyra

Contributor: Kyra

Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “I went to the pool (at the Friends For Life conference) and I was looking around for people with (insulin pump) sites. I saw this one girl my age, and she looked at me and said ‘We have the same site! The Quick Set!’, and so we played together.”


Video: DYFI

Contributors: Campers from the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana, 2011

Connection: Kids and teens with type 1 diabetes, as well as the camp’s staff

Standout Quotes: “I like meeting other diabetics, because it’s nice to know I’m not the only one around.”

Video: Joe and Reyna

Contributors: Joe and Reyna;

Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes and his mom

Standout Quote: “I don’t like telling you this – it is a hard emotion to deal with, but frankly you will be envious; you will be jealous. Forgive yourself for these emotions. You are hurting; you are grieving. It is understandable. It is okay.”

Blog Post: Jen

Contributor: Jen; @bloodsweatcarbs

Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

Blog post:

[Dylan has] played soccer for 3 years, from grades 2-4, and took karate at the same time, working his way up to his orange belt, before giving up the martial art due to time restraints (and he would like to resume both of these activities as soon as his schedule permits). He has taken countless sets of swimming lessons, and is headed to his third diabetes camp this summer. We also regularly go camping, hiking, cycling, walking, skiing, and geocaching as a family. He is on the school honor roll and for the past 2 years he has been part of the “gifted” program in his school district, which means that for a 1/2 day per week he goes to a different school with other “gifted” children to do more abstract challenge projects. And this past year he took up perhaps the scariest of all team sports, ice hockey, which he adores. All of this, combined with the youth ambassador work he does for JDRF, and a large group of school friends that he cares passionately about. Diabetes has accompanied us on family vacations to Las Vegas, Disneyland, Puerto Vallarta (twice), and many local destinations. With each new activity, we have faced new challenges, such as whether to suspend the pump, run a temp basal, switch to syringes, or simply remove the pump altogether, but through it all, Dylan has been positive and happy, and, to date, we have never had an A1C of over 9.0, so we’re doing okay.

Video: TT

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Contributors: TT and siblings;

Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “If you watch, you will see that diabetes is certainly a family affair. With a bunch of siblings to help him out, diabetes doesn’t have to make this 4 year old feel so alone.”

Video: Denise and “Bean”

Contributors: Denise (mom) and “Bean” (child);

Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes and her mom

Standout Quotes: “The only thing you cannot do is produce insulin, and that is not a big deal. There are many, many things you can do with diabetes!”

“The way I deal with it is the way she’s going to learn how to deal with it, and if we make it a big deal, it’s going to be a big deal to her. So, we don’t make it a big deal. We make it our friend. We deal with it; we make concessions; we make adjustments. There is nothing she can’t do.”

Video: Stacey and Benny

Contributor: Stacey (mom) and Benny (child); @staceysimms

Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “We have a lot of helpers when it comes to Benny’s diabetes. We do lots of stuff: pool, camp and school. When it comes to diabetes, you can do this.”