The 11-year-old girl, who lives with her mother and three younger siblings, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about five years ago. She has been hospitalized, a near fatality, but recovered, and remains in her mother’s care.
Longing to be like other children and to eat what she wants, she has a hard time reconciling her disease with imperative lifestyle changes she must make: she sneaks foods she shouldn’t eat, struggles with portion control, and lies about her food habits. Her counselor recommends she attend a one-week specialized overnight camp to meet similar children who have learned how to manage their diabetes. Income from the mother’s job and Welfare is under $10,000.