Sorry that I have not posted in so long! The past few weeks have been extremely hectic, and believe it or not, school starts next week!
I never got to post about everything we did at Children’s Congress. Everything felt like a whirl wind while we were there, and I was still trying to take in everything that happened when we got back.
The first 2 days were spent making lifetime friends, learning so much about exciting research, and training for our Capitol Hill meetings. On Wednesday, the delegates took Capitol Hill by storm, as everywhere you looked, there were determined delegates in blue Children’s Congress t-shirts. All of my meetings with Mississippi’s representatives and senators went remarkably well! Not only did each of them take the time out of their busy schedules to meet personally with us, they were all so open to hearing my story of living with Type 1 Diabetes. All Congressmen were so excited to continue their support of JDRF and finding a cure by promising to sign the letter of intent about supporting the Special Diabetes Program.
After our meetings, we had the incredible opportunity to take a group picture with none other than the Vice President! He was very inspiring in encouraging all of us to never let diabetes stop us. While we were still starry eyed, we headed straight to the Senate hearing. The most touching person to testify was Ray Allen, the NBA champion, whose young son lives with T1D. Ray really touched everyone and it felt like he was speaking the words right out of every type one’s mouth.
It is still hard for me to believe that Children’s Congress is already over! While it flew by, I made so many lifetime memories and friendships. I came home so excited about advocacy and the cure. I was really motivated to take better care of myself until the day the cure comes, because I believe that that day will be very soon.
After two jam packed days of sight seeing around the DC area before Children’s Congress began, I have one thing to say: my feet hurt! But really, with tons of walking and metro riding and running to catch buses, I am completely worn out. Surprisingly, I somehow still haven’t had any low blood sugars with so much exercise. We’ve seen just about every monument and memorial and Mt. Vernon and Arlington Cemetery. My favorite thing we did was an open top night bus tour through the city. The memorials are stunning at night and I would recommend it to anyone! (Don’t believe the forecast though because we had 0% chance of rain but somehow ended up completely soaked in a storm!) While I have enjoyed being a tourist so much, I know that the reason I am in DC is to be a delegate and advocate to cure T1D!
As the hectic last minute touches are being made for Children’s Congress, it’s hard to believe that I’ll be leaving in just 4 days for DC! I’m still trying to make sure my shoes are delivered in time, my mom is on the phone right now trying to get a token from our state to bring all the delegates, and I have another tv interview that was just rescheduled for tomorrow morning. While these next few days are only going to get busier by the minute, I know that it will all be worth it the moment we land in DC. We get 2 days of sightseeing before Children’s Congress actually starts, so I am excited about planning out what to visit. I already know that one of the first stops will be Georgetown Cupcake! But, of course, the part I am most looking forward to is helping my congressmen put a face to T1D. I am ecstatic knowing that all my efforts on this trip will be making a difference in the fight to cure diabetes, and I am forever grateful to JDRF for this opportunity! Stay online to read all my updates as I plan to blog the entire trip. It’ll be like you’re on Capitol Hill with me! :)
This is the link to my 2nd guest blog post for JDRF Children’s Congress. Enjoy! http://jdrf.org/blog/2013/my-friend-my-inspiration/
I am so excited to announce that I have been selected to attend JDRF’s 2013 Children’s Congress as the Mississippi delegate. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity, because I have the privilege to speak to my state’s senators and representative about why funding a cure for type 1 is so important! No longer will type 1 diabetes be just a word on a bill, it’ll be my face. I hope that getting to create a relationship with my congressmen will show them that diabetes affects real people, just like me. As if anything could top this experience off, I will be attending on my 16th birthday! While most kids are getting a new car, I’ll be advocating to ensure a brighter future for America. A future where no more families have to lose a child to Type 1…