cc ’13 reflection

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.

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