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Young Girl Shares Experience With Diabetes

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BOZEMAN - In less than two weeks, a seven-year-old girl will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with members of congress and share her struggles with diabetes.

Seven-year-old, Finley Cetraro was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was just two years old.

"When I say help please, he helps me check my blood," said Finley Cetraro.

"They did diagnose her blood sugar as being super high out of the ordinary," said Andrew Cetraro, Finley's Father.

Type one diabetes is a disease where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food needed for daily life. Finley has to constantly monitor her glucose using a pump which gives her insulin.

"She's constantly monitoring her body and what she eats. She has extreme highs and lows, it depends on the weather," said Andrew.

From the minute she wakes up, she starts checking her blood sugar.

"We test her blood sugars and see where she's at," said Andrew. "We monitor how much intake she takes with breakfast with carbs and we'll give her insulin based on her breakfast."

Finley's 10-year-old brother, Grayson is a big help.

"Once in a while I'll help her check her blood or my dad will say "do you want to give Finley some insulin," said Grayson. "I have learned how to give her insulin and learned more about what she is going through."

Grayson said he loves being there to help his sister.

"It's definitely a big experience and a tough experience," said Grayson. "She has it and it's not going to go away for awhile. I'm hoping we find a cure."

"The biggest challenge is continuing to try to try balance," said Andrew. "Finley is constantly being monitored and she doesn't get to go on play dates as much."

Finley was chosen as one of 150 kids across the country to represent Montana at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization working to find a cure for type one diabetes.
She will meet with Members of Congress including the complete Montana delegation.

"She gets frustrated. She's excited to reach out to people and teach them about her disease and what she has," said Andrew.

Dad said he wouldn't have Finley any other way. 

"It's been hard, but it's been a blessing. I think I'm more in touch with Finley than I ever would be," said Andrew.

Finley and her dad will leave for Washington D.C. on July 8th.

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