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What Friends for Life Means to Me

The Friends for Life conference means a lot to me actually. A lot of things happen, a lot of things that are fun and nothing that is not.

You meet new people, and you obviously make "friends for life" every time you go. You'll go back home with millions of phone numbers, e mail addresses, etc.

The first time you go, you look around and the first thing you think is, "I'm not the only one who has diabetes." Then, after a while being there, you feel that all of these people checking their sugars, bolusing, giving themselves a shot, makes you feel normal - like diabetes isn't making you feel like the outcast of the group.

There's so much to do and so many things that help you. Not only do you get to make new friends for life, you get to go to diabetes sessions with them, and you are both learning more about your diabetes. Also here, carbs, sugars, & servings don't have to be a huge problem. You can thank "the food dude" (as Mom calls the awesome dude, CWD's dietitian Mike Schurig) for that. He takes care of all the foods. He writes down the nutrition info & he makes eating not that big of a problem. Thanks Mike!

Laura and Jeff put together an awesome "all day" activity where you get to hang out with your new friends at an awesome theme park! You and your friends won't be totally alone at the park either. You can count on half of the staff at FFL wandering around the park grounds, checking up on you and making sure you're ok. Thanks FFL Staff!

My parents and I look forward to the Friends for Life conference each year. We start our countdown for the next one as soon as we get home.

Diamond, 14, NC

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