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What Friends For Life Means To Me

Friends For Life isn't an experience that can be summed up in words. And every time I attend, I manage to take hundreds of pictures, but even they can't capture everything that Friends For Life has to offer.

CWD is full of people who understand. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's whipped out the ol' Freestyle Flash during science class, only to have about 8 kids ask me why I'm poking myself and alert me to the fact that my finger's bleeding (yes, it is, because I just poked it). When you're at Friends For Life, people just get it. No explanation necessary. Oh, you're checking your blood sugar? I just did too! Yikes, you're kind of low, do you want some of my glucose tabs? That's what you can expect at CWD. It's an indescribable feeling to have such a solid support system that stays with you wherever you go. And I think the most amazing part of it all is that whether I had an awful day at school or I had an inconvenient low blood sugar, I can call the same person. My CWD friends aren't just diabetic friends. They're boy-trouble-school-stinks-my-parents-are-driving-me-nuts friends. What more could you ask for?

Not only are the people great, but the learning is great too. You know how sometimes the nutritionist is telling you all of the carb counts for food that you never eat? At CWD, what you learn is always relevant. You get to hear about the latest and greatest technology (continuous glucose monitoring systems, anyone?), carb counts for foods that you might eat while you're out with your friends, and what to say or do in sticky situations with parents, siblings, or classmates. I can honestly say that every day I find myself using a bit of knowledge that I learned at Friends For Life to make my life a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable.

Now, I know by now you're totally pumped for FFL and are wishing it was tomorrow instead of July. But wait! There's more! At Friends For Life, you get to have non-diabetes fun too. We swim (synchronized swimming with Natalie and Jim is a favorite!), we do scavenger hunts, we go to amusement parks, we play Frisbee, we hang out in the arcade, we eat quite excellent food (you will never be hungry at FFL ...), and we get to spend time with amazing people, whether they're diabetics, siblings, parents, or staff.

Basically, CWD's Friends For Life conference is the highlight of my year. And I'm sure you'll feel the same way once you join us!

Sarah, 16, CA

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