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[IP] Sara and her pump wowed the competition

Sara, 14, and her pump attended a major swim competition this past weekend
in Indianapolis at the Olympic Trails pool at IUPUI. The excitement of
competing at the same pool where all the US Olympic swimmers qualified for
the team was a complete thrill.
The biggest thrill was that Diabetic Sara and her pump not only had a great
meet, she surpassed all expectations plus knocked many "shoe in" competitors
out of their spots.
She finished in the top 5 in two events, top 10 in 3 more and had fantastic
split times in the others. Sara has qualified for National Championships in
Fort Lauderdale next month, a two year goal she fought long and hard for.
Sara has broken almost every record in her age group and she will go to high
school breaking many of those records her first year.
Sara has been a vocal advocate for kid Diabetics to persue sports goals. The
local paper did an article on the swim team and focussed a great amount of
space on her and the effects of swimming on BG and Insulin requirements. All
good. The pump made this goal much easier. Now at meets when she needs a
small "tweak" it does not require a shot, just a button push on her pump and
she is painlessly in the game.
So, for parents and kids out there, do not restrict your dreams. Sara's
greatest ego boost is when she sets a goal others think a Diabetic cannot
attain and meets it. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for a
Diabetic teen to like themselves in some way, especially the body that
"betrayed" them.
So, we are off to Florida and some swim fun in the sun.
Pam, mom to Sara, 14 and pumping 2.5 years.
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