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Hi my name is Hannah. I have a younger brother named Ethan, he was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old, which is very young for a child to get diabetes. Diabetes is a terrible disease but if you check your blood sugar and bolus when needed is quite manageable and very easy. My family and I have been to all of the Friends for Life conferences and many of the regionals. We have learned so much and have met new people from all over the world. They are all dealing with everything that we are dealing with.

The staff and faculty here are wonderful. You can ask them anything and they can answer your question right off the bat. We do a lot of fun things here…the teens get to go off site most of the time and do a lot of fun stuff. Diabetes can be a very scary thing especially for the ones that have either just been diagnosed or for the ones that have never heard of it before.

Another thing is trust. Always test and bolus so that when you go out with friends that your parents can trust you, I know nobody wants their parents calling them to remind them to check or even bolus when you're with your friends. There have been so many times that my brother has gone low and high that I can't even count all of them. I know homework and tests stress him out a lot. There have been times that my brother and I have been playing and he gets very low. He starts to scream, argue, and even sometimes just wants to fall asleep. There are a lot of people in my family that have diabetes too. If your brother or sister gets low or even high don't start to freak out. Make them sit down. My brother uses gummies to raise his blood sugar. But you can also use glucose tabs, orange juice, gummies, and apple juice, but there are so many more things too that you can also use. Always make sure that your sibling also carries his or her checker and something sweet with them at all times so just in case they go low and your parents or even you aren't there that he or she can take care of him or herself.

It's my job at the Friends for Life conference that I make new friends and for the new people to fell welcomed. I am that kind of person that loves to make new friends and I love to laugh…a lot. I'm usually the one that people laugh at because of my Kentucky accent. At the Friends for Life conferences they also have a teen dance. Which is really fun. You get to show everybody your dance skills, and I know I show mine. The first friends that I made at the Friends for Life Conference was in 2000 which was Sarah and Monica Lanning. Now ten years later we talk on the phone, text each other, and when we finally get to see each other at the conferences we are by each other's side constantly. I have also met so many more friends that I also keep in touch with too. Whenever you come to a Friend's for Life conference you will make new friends that you will keep for the rest of your life and I would love to be one of them. If you manage your diabetes well you can live a normal healthy life. Even though my brother is somehow different from other people he can still do everything that anybody else can do.

Hannah


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