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Friends for Life: Pasadena 2002 - Friday

After a great breakfast in the banquet area behind the exhibit hall on Friday morning, families headed off to sessions. Teens had a full day, beginning with Pizza, Burgers, and Tacos: Go Figure! to teach them how to eat out, followed by a session on teen advocacy and another session on carb counting. Kids in daycare had the morning inside and enjoyed the Family Activity Village right after lunch (our kids had green dots on their back so we could easily spot them). Teens had the Family Activity Village after the younger kids departed.

Dad's chatted during the Dad's Session Friday included a double-length "Dad's Session," giving dads an opportunity to talk about the unique challenges they face as the father of a child with diabetes. John Walsh repeated his well-received pump workshops, one for beginners and one for people experienced with pumping. "Learning About Diabetes Can be Fun" for the little kids included a Diabetes Jeopardy game. Other sessions included managing hypoglycemia, advanced MDI, diabetes in school, and a very well attended session by Dr. Richard Rubin on keeping the family and marriage healthy.

Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson compares finger stick marks With the exhibit hall open only until noon, families made good use of the time to meet with representatives from the 33 companies who came to share their products. Companies large and small were all welcomed with enthusiasm and warmth by our families. Medtronic MiniMed brought Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson to meet families at their booth. Nicole signed autographs in copies of her book, Living with Diabetes, or a poster, and posed for photos with kids and families. In the photo on the left, she compares finger stick marks with a boy who was at first shy but immediately discovered a unique bond with Nicole.

Families with newly diagnosed kids chatting on Friday afternoon During the afternoon, the Family Activity Village was set up outside the convention center. The "FAV" included many games for kids of all ages, including an inflatable rock climbing wall and a velcro wall. Many families took a break and simply relaxed outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the light breeze. Refreshments were available to help prevent kids from running low.

Friday evening was Dining with the Experts for parents and older kids, while the younger kids enjoyed a special kids meal (including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off), playtime, and some movies. The adults enjoyed a buffet dinner and a wonderful talk by Nicole Johnson about the importance of family. She answered a few questions and then went out to meet the kids who were down the hall. She brought a crown, just like the real Miss America crown, to share with the kids.

While the parents dined with the experts and listened to Nicole Johnson, the teens were off at the Teen Dance -- strictly off-limits to parents, but chaperoned by adults and CDEs. We have several great photographs of teens dancing and having a great time, but we'll hold off on putting them online. Parents who had kids at the dance can e-mail us at info@childrenwithdiabetes.com and we'll send you links to the images. No sense unduly embarassing the kids!

 
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Steph Schwartz spoke about diabetes in school
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Dr. Richard Rubin's session about keeping the marriage healthy was very well attended
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Marc Blatstein covered the "Can-Do's and Can't-Do's of Diabetes"
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Children enjoyed daycare (really!) while parents were in sessions
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Kids tried out everything, even blood glucose meters
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The Escobar family traveled from Cali, Colombia
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Rufus and Ruby shared their world-wide travels
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Deltec showed their new pump, called Cozmo
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Many of our kids use the pump, even the young ones. Rachel's pump is named Blossom.
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Nicole Johnson met with kids after Dining with the Experts
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