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Brother and sister chosen to address Congress about diabetes

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Menomonie (WQOW)- Meet Max and Sophie Voss. 

Max is 14 and will be a freshman at Menomonie High School next year.  Sophie is 11 and will be moving on to middle school.  Both have Type 1 Diabetes.  Max was diagnosed when he was only four.  Sophie was diagnosed when she was seven.

"With all the needles that you have to use, you have to prick your finger about 12 times a day," says Sophie Voss.  "To get insulin, you have to use insulin shots, that's another needle, or an insulin pump, and that's an even bigger needle."

"With diabetes, you wake up, test your blood sugar, then take insulin.  A few hours after, you test your blood sugar," says Max Voss.  "If it's high, you take more insulin, if it's low, you have sugar.  Then that keeps repeating throughout the day...at lunch and then dinner.  Then you do the same thing over again the next day."

Type 1 Diabetes differs from Type 2 Diabetes in a few ways.  In type 2 --- the body doesn't produce the normal amount of insulin and is treatable with a proper diet and exercise.  Type 1 Diabetes means the body produces no insulin.  You have to get that from shots or a pump.

"With type 1 diabetes, you have to be extremely cautious everywhere you go, because it's not like you can stop and say oh I don't want to take care of my diabetes because if you do that, you usually die," says Max Voss.

 Both Max and Sophie were chosen among 150 children across the United States to speak to Congress later this month.  They'll urge lawmakers to support funding for research.  To be selected, they wrote essays about what it's like to live with Type 1 Diabetes. But Sophie threw in a little twist to her essay.

"I put in my essay I would not go to Children's Congress unless Max went too," says Sophie Voss.

So both brother and sister will head to Washington together; making their voices heard about a disease they live with every day.

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