I posted this in the "introductions" forum, but would like to reach as many people as quickly as possible to ensure a great turn out to Children's Congress, so: Hi Everyone! As you may gather from my username, I was diagnosed January 11, 2006. I had just turned 18 the month before, and without any family history, my family was quite shocked (my mom is a nurse, her father a neurologist and many of her siblings are also involved in the medical field). I'm almost 21 now and still discovering new things about my diabetes every day. Though I have not had diabetes for very long, I have found great support and information through Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I am currently a Junior in college and I have received the opportunity to study in Washington, DC for the semester. With my program came two days each week set aside to intern for an organization of my choosing. I am now starting my third week and have been presented with a task: recruit families to apply for Children's Congress! Unfortunately I was diagnosed too late for this amazing opportunity, but would love to pass the information along to anyone currently unaware: For those of you that don't know, Children’s Congress organizes over a hundred children from across the country, ages 4-17 and living with type 1, in Washington, DC to meet with members of congress. The goal is to convey to the lawmakers what life is really like for children living with type 1 diabetes. In years past, these children have met with members, testified in front of congress, and more. It can be a great experience for the kids and can have a highly beneficial impact on congress’ overall knowledge about diabetes and the funding necessary for a cure! There is still time to apply so I definitely recommend that anyone interested look into it at http://cc.jdrf.org More on me - I started off on Lantus/Humalog, but switched to a MiniMed Paradigm 522 (using Humalog) December 12, 2007. BEST decision of my life! More on my parents, since each of you can relate to them - As noted, my mother is a RN (in OB/GYN for 20 years, now in the hospital with pre-operation care for high risk patients). She is probably the most compassionate and loving woman I have had the pleasure to know and learn from. My dad provides phenomenal support, love, and GREAT health insurance. Through diabetes, I have found a deep love for my family and have become very thankful for the strong support system they provide me. My parents were courageous and unselfish enough to allow me to attend college out of state. Reluctantly, they supported my decision to study here in DC for the semester. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding Children's Congress or JDRF, please feel free to email me directly!