The Newsletter Hickory Notes of Lions Camp Hickory The Humming Bird Hello and welcome to the 10th issue of Hickory I want to express how great the Camp Notes! It’s been a pleasure to bring you these Hickory experience was for me. Even as a newsletters, and seeing them grow and expand from simple announcements to an informative source on non-camper, I felt many of the same diabetes awareness is a source of real pride. Since emotions that go along with the first year at being diagnosed Type II myself this spring, knowing this camp. I was never friends with anyone that I’m contributing to the fight has taken on a more who had type I diabetes as I was growing personal meaning. I’d like to thank all of you that up. I didn’t view this as a detriment to my support us, and extend my best wishes to our campers and families, and wish you all the best in this holiday childhood, but after 2 weeks with Camp season and in 2007 and beyond. Hickory, I felt a huge sense of belonging in Lion Nate Clark a way I had never experienced with my diabetes. Being able to relate to the kids and Mallory Mitchell, a key staff member some of the staff as a diabetic was a new during the Lion’s Camp Hickory sessions in experience for me and I am very grateful to 2006 as the activities coordinator, started her be a part of it. teaching career in September 2006. Mallory is also a type 1 diabetic and we asked her to Camp Hickory hugely affected my write a brief article about becoming a preparation as a teacher. I was given the teacher and how she handles her diabetes opportunity to teach recorder to the campers during the stressful school day. for a music segment in a parade. Even though general music is not my forte (excuse the pun), it was practical experience New Teacher, New Program, New that all new teachers need. As camp ended I Ways to Cope with Diabetes spent more time contacting the principals of By Mallory Mitchell all four schools I was to teach at during the year and I tried to get as comfortable as After four years of Syracuse University’s possible in these new locations. From music education program, I heard a lot about August until about October I was dealing what it’s like to be a new teacher and the with an incredible amount of stress and whole first year experience. With the way anxiety. As you can imagine, this was not everyone talks about their first year great for my blood sugar. I had come from a teaching, it makes one dread the prospect of summer where I was able to control my a new job in the field. That is exactly how I numbers better than ever before and then felt about a month before school started, but I’m hit with this outside factor. I am still it wasn’t always like that. My initial struggling to keep my numbers under reaction to the job offer was excitement and control, but I have to deal with it in a disbelief that I managed to get such a great different way now that I have a new offer less than a month after graduation. schedule with new stresses. This new direction my life was taking took One way I’ve been able to maintain control place right around the time I began working of my diabetes is bringing my own lunch to with Camp Hickory. So, throughout June school. This way I have food with me at all and July I was, I guess you could say times even if I’m traveling between schools. “distracted” by other, more fun things. Also, these pre-made lunches allow me to Remember, a kid with diabetes…is still a kid. The Newsletter Hickory Notes of Lions Camp Hickory know exactly how much carbohydrate I’m President’s Corner taking in at lunch. I am also storing a big bottle of juice at the one school where I Imagine waking up some morning, not spend the most time, so incase I’m low, I feeling well, visiting with your doctor and have something other than glucose tablets to finding yourself in the hospital for a few bring me back up. The juice is great also days for orientation to life with diabetes. because it works so quickly and my job does During the time in the hospital, you will not allow for much time to recuperate from learn how to check blood glucose levels by low blood sugar. I spend so much time poking your fingertips with lancets, learning trying to control the kids that if I’m out of how and where to inject insulin and learning commission for even a minute, I can lose that while you can still have a piece of their focus for the rest of the rehearsal or chocolate cake, it will be a much smaller lesson. I have not had this problem with piece. You will learn that the 4 most blood sugar yet, although classroom important things in your life will become management is another story! stress management, medication, diet and exercise. While this is not a common Things were not easy the first month and I scenario for adults, it is for children. still find myself in overwhelming situations, According to a recent article in PARADE but I have become more and more magazine, “…an estimated 4,000 Americans comfortable with my position. Starting a (are) diagnosed every day”. A child string program without any budget to speak diagnosed with diabetes goes instantly from of and with no curriculum to follow was a the carefree lifestyle of running, jumping huge undertaking for me and there were and playing ball to the lifestyle that requires many days where I felt as though I was in routine blood checks (4 – 6 daily) and over my head and perhaps should change insulin injections. We all remember the professions. I now know that I am in the horror of getting a shot as a child – imagine right field, but new challenges are constantly getting daily shots (note: plural). A lifestyle coming up. I look forward to working with that requires counting carbohydrates and the group of kids I have, which includes carefully calculating just how small a piece Rebecca Fuller, one of our campers from of pie or cake can be eaten while at a this summer! I saw her at a recruitment friend’s birthday party, whether or not you meeting for band and orchestra instruments can eat the chocolate Easter bunny, we held this fall and she is now taking viola Christmas peppermint stick, valentine heart at her elementary school! or candy from Halloween. Fortunately, children are rather resilient and will find a Teaching music is such a privilege and I way to blend the needs of diabetes with the sometimes wonder how I got so lucky. rest of their lives. This is where Lion’s Teaching or doing anything with diabetes Camp Hickory comes in. can bring about other challenges, but as long as you can adapt to each situation and During the camp sessions, our campers are remember that health should come first, in the best of hands as they spend their days coping with the disease becomes far less turning popsicle sticks into gifts for mom, daunting. they run, jump and play ball and learn about their diabetes and how to live life as any other child while maintaining their health Remember, a kid with diabetes…is still a kid. The Newsletter Hickory Notes of Lions Camp Hickory and wellbeing. Recreational education is a The LCH committee is currently in the large part of days at Camp Hickory where planning stages of a few fund raising the campers learn about themselves, their projects in the spring and news will follow diabetes and proper health care, without in our next edition. We’ll report on the being aware they’re being “taught”. In Baldwinsville Lions Club too which is also learning the “lessons” at LCH, the campers in the planning stages of a fund raiser that also learn to protect the health of their eyes, will help LCH. heart, kidneys and circulatory system. Feedback from medical care providers indicates that we are doing the job. Change is good But to do all this takes substantial funding. The home base of LCH, the Ritter Our annual budget is in the range of Community House in Lion’s Community $25,000. In an effort to make the Lion’s Park, is undergoing some changes in the off Camp Hickory advantage available to season (aka: winter). A commercial style anyone, our tuition is a mere $50 per week kitchen is being built in a previous storage with a capacity of 40 campers leaving us the room, and updated plumbing and renovated burden of raising the additional $23,000 bathrooms will be completed when the dollars in order that the camp sessions campers arrive for the 2007 sessions. Of become a reality. That is where you come course, prior to starting the new kitchen, a in! Please consider a financial contribution storage building had to be built and that was to Lion’s Camp Hickory. Other ways to help completed in the early fall. The new storage include restricting your United Way building will provide greater capabilities to contribution to Lion’s Camp Hickory, a organize LCH program materials and bequest or checking with your employer to equipment which will enhance our overall see if there are any matching gift program. opportunities or direct grant opportunities available to us. Lion’s Camp Hickory is a The LCH committee continues to meet on a 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions are monthly basis as we plan the 2007 sessions, tax deductible. which will feature some changes as well. In an effort to keep our programs fresh and exciting, the committee is developing new Angels and Fund Raisers activities that will blend with diabetes education in a seamless manner. Recently, the angels that are members of the Preceptor Kappa chapter of the international Caleb’s Corner service sorority Beta Sigma Phi, conducted a fund raising event to benefit Lion’s Camp Hello again from Caleb’s Corner. Another Hickory (LCH). The event is called the school year for Caleb has begun this far and Lucky Luncheon. Indeed, the event did he continues to make his Mom and I very benefit LCH by raising $2,973.00. This is an proud of his accomplishments. Also I would annual event by the group planned each year like to extend a very heartfelt “thank you” to over a 12 month period. the staff at Bear Road Elementary for everything that they have done for Caleb in dealing with his diabetes. We would also Remember, a kid with diabetes…is still a kid. The Newsletter Hickory Notes of Lions Camp Hickory like to give a special thank you to Mrs. being a member of a great group of people Hebert, the nurse at Bear Road Elementary please give your local Lions Club a try. who bends over backwards to make sure that Caleb is well taken care of. I hope you Lion Ron Fassett understand how much pressure it takes off us, as parents of a diabetic, knowing that Caleb is getting first rate care while he is at Reflections of a Counselor school. Cassidy Jewell, one of our counselors, Caleb celebrated his 8th birthday this past wrote an essay about her camp September and we again had many friends experience for her college applications. and family that joined us for a birthday As you read this excerpt, you will see brunch at our house and then we all attended that Lion's Camp Hickory benefits the the JDRF walkathon that afternoon at staff as well as the campers. Longbranch Park. With the generous support of friends and family we were able "I have been attending Camp Hickory to raise over $1800 for JDRF so once again every summer since I was first told thank you to all of you. about it. It is just a great experience to be able to interact with these children With Halloween just over and the Holidays and watch them face daily struggles approaching I would like to make a quick outside of the ordinary. What amazes note on what it is like to go through the me is they manage life so boldly that it Holidays with a diabetic child. After makes any struggle in your own life Halloween, Cheryl made a deal with both of seem microscopic. I feel as though our children and bought each piece of candy being a counselor at this camp gave me back from both of them for 10 cents each a whole new view on life; that you can and with their money they were allowed to accomplish anything you want and no go to the bookstore and spend their earnings. disease or other obscure problem can They each kept some of their candy but were get in your way. This is what every kid both happy to sell their candy for books. that has attended the camp over the We have always tried to keep it fair for both years has shown me, and it is the best Caleb and Mackenzie to not make Caleb feel outlook on life anyone could ever have." left out At Thanksgiving and Christmas we try to cook healthier foods but we still mix The Humming Bird Redux in the “good stuff” and we always allow Remember, holiday food might not have any Caleb to enjoy whatever he would like and calories, but don’t forget to sub out the then we just treat the carbs with insulin and sugar!! this has worked out wonderfully. By allowing Caleb to feel like a normal kid Happy Holidays, from all of us at Camp helps him accept the diabetes as best he can. Hickory!! Well so long for now and I would like to finish by wishing everyone a safe and happy holidays and also if you have any interest in Remember, a kid with diabetes…is still a kid. The Newsletter Hickory Notes of Lions Camp Hickory If you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution to Camp Hickory directly, send check or money order payable to: Lions Camp Hickory Inc P.O. Box 108 Baldwinsville, NY 13027 Please include an SASE so we can mail you a receipt on camp letterhead for your tax records. Remember… every little bit counts!! Remember, a kid with diabetes…is still a kid.