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By Natalia Contreras of the Caller-Times

Megan Gallegos, 11, felt nervous about going to her first summer camp.

The fifth-grader from Port Aransas has Type 1 diabetes and knows she has to take insulin shots often and make sure she stays hydrated.

But when she found out she’d be going to Camp Sandcastle the nervous feeling she had turned into excitement, she said.

On Thursday, her last day at camp, Megan said she was happy she chose to attend.

Megan was one of about 36 campers at the one-week day camp for children with Type 1 diabetes, which started Monday. The camp, which an American Diabetes Association program in its 24th year, gives children an opportunity to take part in outdoor activities while also learning to manage their diabetes.

“It’s so great to know that there are other kids like me,” Megan said. “I made like five friends here. We went paddle boarding and we did arts and crafts.”

Camp director Kassandra Jasso said its purpose is to allow the children to come out of their shell and to build a relationship with other children like them.

“By the end of camp, the kids become a family. They help each other and they can all relate,” Jasso said. “It’s really neat to hear their conversations. They talk about what they go through. They all speak the same language.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 diabetes typically manifests in children and young adults. When a person has Type 1 diabetes, the body does…



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