Monday, July 11, 2011


So I just got back from the Children With Diabetes Friends For Life Conference.

And there aren't enough words.  The week was indescribably amazing!

There's a lot I want to say, but too many thoughts are swirling around my exhausted brain.  So, for now, here are some things I learned.

I learned that it is possible to do both the Cupid Shuffle and Cha-Cha Slide in the swimming pool.

photo courtesy of Sara
That it's not crazy to stay in a condo with people you've never met and stay up till 3am every night talking.

photo courtesy of Martin
That no free wi-fi is no excuse not to participate in the DSMA Twitter chat!

That I have not laughed so much in a long, long time. 

That the Guest Assistance Pass at Disney World is one of the best things to ever happen to me because of diabetes.

That Sam Talbot is really hot.  And nice.

That I feel like I've known these people all my life.

That it's possible for a charm you bought to add to your medical ID bracelet to make you cry.

That I have the best husband in the world.  Which I already knew.  And that Scott likes to photobomb.

Next year, someone needs to win the lottery or something so everyone in the DOC can go!

Edit to add: *Disclaimer: We paid for all expenses involved in attending FFL, including airfare, hotel, food, and conference fees.  I was not asked to blog about the experience, and all the thoughts are my own.*


  1. I miss you SOOOO much!! Your husband is quite the Type Awesome/Boring, sometimes I even forgot he didn't have diabetes :)

  2. Aw - I can't stop smiling! I'm so glad it was such a great experience for you! It was a fun week with lots of lasting memories. I'm soooo happy to have had the chance to meet you both.

  3. Oh man, great pics, great post, I'm smiling like crazy just like Lorainne! Glad I got to meet you and your husband, ever-so-briefly. And I'm glad you had such a wonderful first time. Me too! :) Also, lol photobomb.

  4. I'm so determined to go next year! Love the pics!

  5. Ah are making me soooo jealous with this post. It looks like you had SO MUCH FUN! I wanna go next year!!!

  6. Oh it looks and sounds so marvelous! So glad you got to go!

  7. I love this post!!! FFL was incredible, and having the opportunity to hang out with you and The Cheat was such a huge highlight. See you next year! :D

  8. It truly was a fantastic week with so many of us (but not nearly enough) there. I'm torn between smiling and tearing up reading all the posts out there about FFL!

  9. Love it all. Same boat here: can't stop smiling just reading all the great posts and seeing so much photo awesomeness. Thanks for sharing it all with us, Jess!

  10. Looks like it was fun.

  11. Great pics! Love them all, thanks for sharing. I fully agree with the lottery comment...the DOC taking over Disney would be SO. MUCH. FUN. :)