What is it like to be a nurse at Camp Needlepoint?

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Hi, my name is Marrissa Henry-Mashuga. My first experience at Camp Needlepoint was fifteen summers ago.  I remember as a teenager thinking, why is my mom insisting that I go to camp?  It only took me that first summer to figure out what she had been thinking.  Camp was one of the best things for me at the time; not only was it fun and did I make many memories as a camper, but it was the support as a newly diagnosed kid with type one diabetes that I needed and didn’t even know it at the time.  I can still remember the overwhelming, but good feeling I felt in the dining hall at the fist meal when I wasn’t the only one needing to carb count!  Camp gave me a new outlook on how I was going to tackle living with diabetes in a good way.

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I came back as a camper for a few years, CIT, Counselor, CIT director and now as a nurse.  Although my role has changed at camp, I still feel the same excitement at the beginning of the week.  I enjoy coming to Camp Needlpoint as a nurse to provide medical oversight for the campers to ensure that they have a safe, healthy and fun time.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see or hear that a camper has done their first shot or put in a pump site for the first time!

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As we approach the ADA’s Step Out Walk, it reminds me of how important fundraising is for diabetes.  This disease affects millions and I think it would be safe to say that most Americans know someone or is closely impacted by diabetes.  I think that the amount of support and turn out for the walk year to year is very powerful.  Diabetes, type 1 and type 2, affect not only our families, but our community, our country and our world.  Please help support and share the importance that the Step Out Walk provides for the diabetes community and cause!

*Join the Camp Needlepoint Step Out Walk team at http://main.diabetes.org/goto/CNP*

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