Help Andrea Witt from Dersau and Zuckerschnuten

plon.It seems that the young people all have a button on the upper arm, on the leg and a few on the stomach as well. What is it? Is he responsible for the good mood they radiate at the Pentecostal camp in the Plön hostel? none The 43 participants are in a good mood not because of, but in spite of this sensor. They have diabetes, many from an early age. You live with it. And at a camp like this, there is not only a lot of fun and sports, but also time to talk about problems. For there is.

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Andrea Witt (59) from Dersau arranges the Pentecostal camp. The agile 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 1 – the body can not produce insulin. And without this hormone, food can not be utilized.

People with diabetes should get to know each other

“We felt so alone,” says Andrea Witt. The trained medical assistant decided: This should not be the case for other families. “I want to give those affected the chance to get to know each other.” And if she decides to do something, then she does. Zuckerschnuten was founded – a self-help group for diabetic children from the north.

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

Andrea Witt has long been a trained diabetes consultant and works in practice in Plön and Preetz. The daughter Lara has long since grown up and is a fashion designer in Hamburg. The coherence of the Zuckerschnuten remains. And then there is this federal Pentecostal camp for young people aged 14 and over. Just those who spread the good mood.

One day, for example, in the sailing school’s premises right next to the youth hostel. The pedal boats are quickly hijacked. The yellow seahorse, the red duck, the unicorn and the pink flamingo. Chanelle, Svea and Hannah grab SUP boards and paddle on Great Plöner See. “The water is 18 degrees,” says Helge Wiederich, owner of the sailing school.

“By exercising, the body burns more and the sugar level drops,” says Andrea Witt. In order to quickly counteract hypoglycemia, the group has plenty of sweets with them. And fruit. And cookies. And crispbread.

At the table are Jana (20) from Ostholstein, Paulina (23) from Bayern, Helene (22) from Lübeck and Miriam (22) from Rendsburg. You are part of the ten-man team of supervisors at this camp and were even diagnosed with diabetes when you were a child.

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“It’s incredibly good to exchange ideas here”

“I’ve been to these camps for 12 years. It’s incredibly good to exchange ideas,” says Jana, an upcoming medical assistant. Whether it’s as a participant or mentor – “do you feel that you are not alone.”

They exchange views, for example, about appearance when other people discover their sensor and the little diabetes pump. They laugh at the same jokes. And you all know how many carbs to put in when eating a bag of chips now.

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

Here you are one of many with diabetes

Tim (23) has now moved from Neustadt to Berlin. The project and event manager found out twelve years ago that he had diabetes. Andrea Witt and daughter Lara took him to the Karl May Games, that was when he met 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 appreciate most about their free time is that “you always learn something new. We all have different doctors, and then different therapies, ”says Tim. “Here I am one of many, and not ‘the other,'” Luca says. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of seven.

“It gives you a backpack and you have to learn to carry it,” Tim explains. Acceptance is important. Weighing food becomes important. And what if hormones destroy blood sugar levels. Can you drink alcohol? “Diabetes is a part of life for us,” says Tim. And anything is possible with diabetes.

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The group will bake crepes in the evening. Andrea Witt went shopping. The dough is stirred, the chocolate bananas are ready, the apple puree, Nutella – we could start. But before then, one more action is planned. “Holi-Powder” is distributed. These are color bombs made from corn starch and food coloring.

The young people walk on the meadow behind the hostel, put down their watches and mobile phones. The bags have been torn up. “Together we are brave and strong,” they shout – and suddenly things become colorful. And where. Red, yellow, blue, green, purple – hair, skin, clothes … and life! Despite diabetes. With diabetes.

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