It’s not every day that I hear about amazing things going on in the world. It makes me so sad to watch the news and read the headlines some days. Today, I received a gift when I entered into the doors of Camp Sugar Falls. As I walked through the archway of balloons made especially for the children attending this camp, I thought, ”There is so much good going on in the world and I wanna tell everyone I know about it!!!”
Camp Sugar Falls is a camp in middle Tennessee made special for children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At the camp, they have the opportunity to play and spend time learning how to live with diabetes alongside other children just like them.
There are so many lessons taught while in camp. They learn how to figure out the number of carbs they are about to eat before each meal. Then, the campers are educated on how to enter the carbohydrate count into their insulin pumps so that the accurate amount of insulin will be injected into their little bodies. This camp teaches them how to check their own blood sugar and also how to give themselves shots if they do not have an insulin pump. This is not a choice for them, this is their reality. This camp gives them a chance for a week to be in a fun environment where they don’t feel different and where every single person is learning how to do the exact same thing in order to manage Type 1 diabetes on a daily basis.
At camp, when they are not learning this important medical information, they are playing and having a blast! I only heard laughter and saw smiles today!! They made arts and crafts, played basketball and dodge ball, swam in the pool and lake, paddled canoes, kayaked, rode horses, climbed ropes, zip-lined, slid down a gigantic slide into the lake, and everything fun you could possibly think of a child loving to do at a camp!!!
I am so, so happy I got to experience Camp Sugar Falls today and was able to tell you about SO MUCH GOOD going on in our world!!! It’s unfortunate I was in this boot because I couldn’t get out there and play dodge ball with the children, zip-line, or climb the ropes!! I guess that just means I will go back next year and join in the fun with everyone!!
I want to thank the American Diabetes Association, the nurses, doctors, camp counselors, and all of those people I met today that are volunteering their time to teach these sweet, precious children….you are doing SO MUCH GOOD!!!!!