The beginning of the school year has always been a nervous time for us- filled with training new teachers about how to handle low blood sugars or how to administer glucagon in an emergency. This year for (seventh grade) seems to be progressing so much more smoothly. It's not that the teachers are smarter. It's because Cassie is smarter about conveying her needs to them and has become a team member with us in her diabetes care. It's amazing to watch her independence blossom.