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Friends for Life: Orlando 2005 - Friday

After a great breakfast on Friday morning, families headed off to sessions. There were some great topics from which to choose. Dr. Kaufman discussed management of preschoolers in her session The Lollipop Brigade, while Gary Scheiner presented a session on Prevention and Treatment of Hypoglycemia. Dr. Marco Songini discussed Type 1 Diabetes and Other Associated Autoimmune Diseases. For parents of pumpers, CDE Natalie Bellini took time out from leading teen sessions to discuss Choosing the Right Infusion Set.

Later in the morning, Dr. David Harlan from NIH presented the NIDDK Research Update, which was an honest and realistic view of what the current research has determined.

Betty Brackenridge and Suresh Rao discussed Sick Day Management, including testing for blood ketones instead of urine ketones on sick days.

During lunch, World Diabetes Flight pioneer and author Douglas Cairns presented a keynote about his world travels and how he managed his diabetes during his 5 months of travel. The BBQ lunch and presentation, both sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis, were well worth attending.

On the more serious side of things, Dr. Bruce Buckingham presented an update on Continuous Glucose Sensors, which is a topic of great interest to CWD parents. Mike Schurig led a discussion about Carb Counting in the Real World and Portion Distortion (i.e., are cookies REALLY supposed to be that big?), while IDYA Founder Clare Rosenfeld presented her slides about her Diabetes World Journey.

The moms and dads discussion groups were well-attended and well-run this year, with lots of topics covered (thank you to our discussion leaders!). In the moms group this year, the larger group was divided into smaller discussion groups by topic, and this worked very well. We'll continue the format next year.

The afternoon ended with a session about Smart Pumps and Sports led by athletic trainer Rick Philbin, and a discussion of Blood Glucose Monitoring Inaccuracies by Suresh Rao.

Perhaps the highlight of Friday was the Teen Group all day excursion to Typhoon Lagoon (with all 200 of them!). Many thanks to Abbott Diabetes Care for sponsoring the tickets and lunch for the teens - as well as towels and t-shirts, and to Natalie Bellini and her very brave volunteers for organizing and supervising the day! The teens had a blast, everyone arrived home safely, and we are ready to consider another all-day outing for the teens for next year!

Also, many thanks to VIP Nicole Johnson-Baker, 1999 Miss America, for spending Friday morning discussing advocacy with the teens. Nicole has participated in several CWD conferences, and the teens and children both respect and enjoy her presence at our events. The younger kids of course enjoy meeting Miss America and hearing her wonderful stories of competing in the Miss America contest and serving as Miss America while managing diabetes. Nicole is a great role model, and we appreciate her time and energy spent with our kids. Thanks to Animas Corporation for sponsoring Nicole's time with us this year!

Friday evening was somewhat of a free-for-all for kids and families. Sports Central was open for those who wanted to play basketball or volleyball; ballroom dance lessons were offered by CWD dad Mike Kendrick; the teens had a room to hang out, play music, and dance… and best of all, the tweener group had Karaoke Night, sponsored by LifeScan. Many thanks to Kim Kelly and Melissa Ringley, coordinators of All Things Tweener, who spent every waking moment on Thursday and Friday making sure the tweener group had education, exercise, and most of all - fun!

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Kids add their name to the Friends for Life 2005 Signature Square, made by Pam Loebner
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The Quilt for Life was displayed throughout the conference at the back of the Exhibit Hall
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Dr. David Harlan of the NIDDK presented a research update
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Natalie Bellini took a break from leading the teens to talk about choosing an infusion set
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This year the Moms Discussion Group broke up into small groups
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Teens who completed the Scavenger Hunt won a day at Typhoon Lagoon, ...
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... but the other kids won cold, hard ... Disney Dollars!
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One of the younger kids found the Abbott Diabetes Care towel (perfect for Typhoon Lagoon!) to be the perfect size for a blanket
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Pump companies offered kids a chance to try a pump with saline
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Aaron shows off his eye pictures
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Showing off his first infusion set for his pump trial
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Pilot Douglas Cairns spoke about his around the world trip with a CWD mom
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With Hurricane Dennis approaching, storm clouds gathered in the late Florida afternoon.
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