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Disney 2001 - Thursday

Betty Brackenridge opened the sessions In the opening session, sponsored by Animas, Betty Brackenridge brought home the point that it truly was a new day in diabetes. Betty, co-author of Sweet Kids, shared her wisdom in taking care of kids and adults with diabetes. Parents listened and took notes, teens struggled to wake up from a late night meeting new friends, and the younger kids enjoyed childcare, sponsored by Pfizer Inc. Kris Swenson joined Betty for the second general session about the skills that make a difference in diabetes care, stressing their patient empowerment philosophy of diabetes management.


Dr. Peter Chase talked about the latest in managing diabetes in kids During the morning snack break, sponsored throughout the conference by Novo Nordisk, families returned to the Exhibit Hall to meet again with the exhibitors. Following the break, attendees had a choice of four sessions to attend. Dr. Peter Chase from the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, Colorado, spoke about the current state of the art in management and care for children with diabetes. Dr. Chase's session was, as expected, very well attended. Many families were interested in his discussion of insulin pump therapy. For most families, this was the first time that they had been able to hear about the very best treatment options available for kids with diabetes from one of the leading clinicians and researchers in the field.


Siblings talk about the challenges of having brothers and sisters with diabetes In other morning sessions, Betty Brackenridge covered carbohydrate counting; Kris Swenson talked about techniques for intensive management; Dr. Bill Quick reviewed the current therapies for Type 2 diabetes; Dr. Fran Kaufman explored the growing problem of Type 2 diabetes in kids; and Steph Schwartz, Mike Schurig, and Carolyn Billetdeaux led a discussion group for siblings. The siblings wrote down their wishes for for their brothers and sisters with diabetes, filling three large sheets of paper (sheet 1, sheet 2, sheet 3).


The Mom's Discussion Group could have gone on for hours More sessions were held after lunch. The "Discussion Group for Moms Only" was very well attended and lasted for two hours. (I was able to sneak in and take a picture, but other than that, no dads were allowed.) After the session, moms all reported that they could have stayed and talked for a couple more hours. For many moms, this was the first time that they'd had a chance to share their experiences and worries with other moms. All left with a strong sense that they are not alone and have, in their new found friends, a source of support.


Families getting dinner during the Thursday night banquet Families joined together Thursday evening for a banquet, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and MiniMed. Table by table, families tested blood sugars, prepared insulin injections, got dinner and dessert, and socialized. Following the Banquet, Professor Michael Bliss, author of The Discovery of Insulin, spoke about the miraculous discovery of insulin. Claire Rosenfeld, who recently completed her year as ADA Youth Spokesperson, spoke with verve and vivacity about the need for children and teens to get motivated and active in seeking a cure for diabetes.


Colleen Crowley shares the experiences of Rufus, the bear with diabetes Colleen Crowley then gave a precious presentation on Rufus the bear and his travels around the world from home to home of families with diabetes. She also explained that everyone still has the opportunity to be involved in this wonderful activity. The organizers and sponsors of the conference were honored and thanked in magical Disney fashion for their tremendous contributions to this wonderful event. Music by The Pump Girls (listen to a clip) closed the evening's festivities, and was followed by The Pump Girls and Disney characters meeting the kids and sign autographs.

Following the Banquet, teens enjoyed the Teen Dance, sponsored by Roche Diagnostics. Our Teen Reporter (no parents were allowed, except for chaperones) reported that everyone had a great time: the DJ played great music, there was lots of dancing, and that great ice cream was served. Most importantly, she said that people made a lot of new friends that night, friends who understand what it means to be a teen with diabetes.

 

Volunteers sold extra T-shirts at Registration
Volunteers sold extra T-shirts at Registration
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Our younger kids had a great time in the child care room
Our younger kids had a great time in the child care room
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The Exhibit Hall was busy during the morning and afternoon breaks
The Exhibit Hall was busy during the morning and afternoon breaks
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Some of our kids pooped out early!
Some of our kids pooped out early!
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Dr. Fran Kaufman talks about the growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in kids
Dr. Fran Kaufman talks about the growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in kids
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Mickey signed autographs after the Banquet
Mickey signed autographs after the Banquet
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Minnie had her share of admirers
Minnie had her share of admirers
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