2013 Children’s Congress – Through My Eyes
By: Amelia Rehrman
There is no way to describe Children’s Congress 2013 (CC13). Some people might describe it as: Amazing, Exciting, or Inspiring. I agree, but it was also more then that. CC13 was an experience of a lifetime. It changed my life and I’m sure a lot of other delegates lives too. Now I feel more responsible for my diabetes. I already knew this, but there was a lesson at CC13: you can do anything, whether you have diabetes or not. There were a bunch of role models there, including:
Nicole Johnson (Ms. America 1999), Sam Talbot (a chef) and Jean Smart (an actress) were also there but I did not get pictures with them.
Ray Allen and Brian Kenny were also there even though they don’t have diabetes. Both of them have a close family member with diabetes. Brian Kenny’s daughter, Camille, has diabetes, and Ray Allen’s son, Walker, (who was a CC13 Delegate!) has diabetes.
The last day, Wednesday, the delegates went to Capitol Hill! We talked to our senators and representatives.
While I was there I met a ton of nice delegates who all know and understand what I go through.
During the event it was nice to hear an insulin pump beep and check to see if it is yours. It was nice to see a test strip on the ground and think that might be mine…or it could be one of the other 160 delegates here! At my house or my grandparents house, I know it is mine.
CC13 was the first time that I felt comfortable that I could be anywhere and somebody would always know how to help me if my blood sugar were to get too high or too low. I felt more independent. I felt more free than I ever have before. Free to be me.
To learn more about me, my diabetes, and my experience at Children’s Congress, please visit my personal blogs: Peace. Love. Hope. Diabetes (peacelovehopediabetes.blogspot.com) and Walking To Washington (walkingtowashington.blogspot.com).