Friends For Life: Talking to Children With Diabetes Founder Jeff Hitchcock

More A Sweet Life Aug 24, 2011, 1:58 pm

This year’s Children With Diabetes Friends For Life conference was the organization’s 12th annual get-together in Orlando, Florida.  It drew hundreds of families, adults and children with diabetes, doctors, experts, and even celebrities with diabetes like singer Crystal Bowersox.

I’ve read many blog posts about how wonderful the conference was, and I’m not surprised. But I am jealous.  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1995 at the age of nine.  Growing up, I did my best to ignore diabetes and resisted all attempts by my parents and doctors to introduce me to other people with diabetes.  So I have never been to FFL, and do not know first-hand about the “magical feeling of belonging” that prevails at the conference.

Now, older and wiser, I would love to go, especially since Children With Diabetes has made a strong effort to recognize and serve all the Now-Adults With Diabetes. Next year, I hope I can attend in person.  Until then, I will have to settle for living vicariously through the behind-the-scenes stories that Jeff Hitchcock, founder of Children With Diabetes and Parent-of-a-Diabetic Extraordinaire, was so kind to share with us in this interview.

When and why did you start Children With Diabetes? How long before you were putting together conferences? … Read the Rest

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