Help Andrea Witt of Dersau and Zuckerschnuten

solid color.The guys all seem to have a button on their upper arms and legs and a little on their stomachs too. What is this? Is he responsible for the good mood they radiate at the Pentecostal camp at the Blon Youth Hostel? Number 43 participants are in a good mood not because of this sensor but in spite of it. They have diabetes, many of them at a young age. You live with it. And in such a camp there is not only a lot of fun and sports, but also time to talk about problems. Because there.

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Andrea Witt, 59, from Dersau, organizes the Pentecostal camp. A graceful woman has a mission. It all started about 22 years ago. “My daughter was diagnosed with diabetes when she was two and a half years old,” she says. Type I – the body cannot produce insulin. Without this hormone, food cannot be used.

Diabetics should get to know each other

“We felt lonely,” Andrea Witt says. The medical assistant apprentice decided: It shouldn’t be like this for other families. “I want to give affected people a chance to get to know each other.” And if she decides to do something, she does. Founded Zuckerschnuten – a self-help group for children with diabetes from the North.

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She is the president of the association. Active affiliation with many events in which families also participate. “There is not only type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there is also type F,” says daughter Lara (24). F is like the family – because it affects the family greatly when a child develops diabetes.

Andrea Witt has long trained as a diabetes consultant and works in clinics in Plon and Britz. Daughter Lara grew up a long time ago and is a fashion designer in Hamburg. Zuckerschnuten still holds up. Then there’s this federal Pentecostal camp for young people 14 or older. Only the ones that spread the good mood.

A day, for example, in the building of the sailing school, right next to the hostel. Pedal boats are quickly hijacked. Yellow seahorse, red duck, rhinoceros and pink flamingo. Chanelle, Svea, and Hannah grab SUP boards and paddle out on the Great Plöner See. “The water temperature is 18 degrees,” says Helge Federich, owner of the sailing school.

“With exercise, the body burns more and the sugar level goes down,” Andrea Witt says. In order to be able to quickly cope with hypoglycemia, the group has a lot of sweets with them. and fruit. and cookies. And crunchy bread.

Sitting at the table are Jana (20) from Ostolstein, Paulina (23) from Bavaria, Helen (22) from Lübeck and Miriam (22) from Rendsburg. You are part of the ten-man team of supervisors at this camp and were diagnosed with diabetes as a child.

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“It is very good to share ideas here”

‘I’ve been in these camps for 12 years.’ Jana, a prospective medical assistant, says the exchange of ideas is absolutely wonderful. Whether you’re a participant or a moderator – ‘I noticed you’re not alone.’

They exchange opinions, for example about appearance when others detect the sensor and the mini diabetes pump. They laugh at the same jokes. And you all know how many carbs to add when eating a bag of chips now.

Antonia came all the way from Bavaria and has been on the road since Thursday evening, and Miriam says true friendships have developed over the years. The activities at Pentecost are not the most important thing – the exchange is what makes this meeting so special. Although: Everyone has a lot of fun kayaking on the lake, at camp olympics with sack races, egg races, and eating nigger kisses without hands.

Here you are one of many diabetics

Tim (23 years old) has now moved from Neustadt to Berlin. Twelve years ago, the project and event manager found out that he had diabetes. Andrea Witt and his daughter Lara take him to the Karl May games, and that’s when he meets Luca. “We are like brothers now,” the boys say, meeting regularly. Despite the distance from Bad Bramstedt to Berlin.

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What they value most in the spare time is that you’re “always learning something new. We all have different doctors, and then different treatments,” says Luca, “here I’m one of many, not ‘the other.'” The 21-year-old was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of seven.

“He gives you a backpack and you have to learn how to carry it,” Tim explains. Acceptance is important. Food weight becomes important. And what if the hormones erred in blood sugar levels. Can you drink alcohol? “Diabetes is part of life for us,” Tim says. And anything is possible with diabetes.

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The group wants to bake crepes in the evening. Andrea Witt went shopping. The dough is stirred, the banana chocolate is ready, the applesauce, and Nutella – we can get started. But before that, another work was planned. “Holly Powder” is distributed. These are color bombs made with cornstarch and food coloring.

Young people go to the meadow behind the hostel, putting away their watches and cell phones. Bags torn. They shout “Together we are brave and strong” – and suddenly things get colorful. And how. Red, yellow, blue, green, purple – hair, skin, clothes … and life! Although diabetes. with diabetes.

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