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Diabetes doesn't dampen teen's enthusiasm for ballet

Hannah Barnett rehearses for the Nutcracker at Ginger's Dance-to-Fit studio in Malta on a recent Saturday afternoon.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Hannah Barnett rehearses for the Nutcracker at Ginger's Dance-to-Fit studio in Malta on a recent Saturday afternoon.
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MALTA — With one foot pointed into the floor, Hannah Barnett flicks her hip and flashes a giant smile. She then turns and leaps with the finesse and poise of a budding ballerina. And that’s when you notice it — the insulin pump bouncing off her dance shorts. The diabetic 14-year-old keeps it attached to her hip, keeping her blood sugar levels in line. It’s necessary, as this teen from Clifton Park is active. She ...

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