Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thank You

Thank you to all the people in my life outside the DOC, who don't have diabetes, who wore blue yesterday.  Or on one of the Blue Fridays.  It means more to me than words can say.  Every time I got a Facebook notification that a person without diabetes (PWoD) was wearing blue for me, it made me want to cry.  To my friends and family members who supported me in that way, thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.

I somehow mustered the courage to send the Blue Fridays video to my coworkers and the parents of my students last week.  Their response was overwhelmingly positive!  Which makes me wonder why I was so nervous to send it in the first place..

Friday afternoon, I got a phone call from a parent.  He called to say that they loved the video, and wanted to do something to support me.  So they bought blue beads and sent them along so my class could all make blue jewelry that afternoon.

Wow.  I managed to eek out a thank you while holding back tears.  When I hung up the phone, I just sat there trying not to cry.  Such a small act, but it meant so much to me.

That afternoon, blue beads were brought forth from a backpack.  I hugged the student, and the student said, "Miss Jessica, there were a lot of kids at school wearing blue today for Diabetes Awareness Month, but they didn't know it!  So I told them!"

Again, cue me trying not to cry.

Blue jewelry was made, by the girls anyway.  Here's my creation, which I plan on wearing every day for the rest of the month.

Oh, and yesterday, another student came up and said, "Look, Miss Jessica, I remembered my blue necklace for World Diabetes Day!"

Thank you.

Excuse me while I go cry again...


  1. That is awesome! How exciting to have support not just from people that might "understand" why this is important to you, but to have your kids in on it too and see how much it means to you is such a sweet thing!!

  2. Made me cry, too.
    What lovely friends you have.

  3. That is awesome! I wish I'd gotten a better response from my co-workers. They are great people, but I think the charity we work for is about all the advocacy they can handle. I'm not giving up though. One more Friday left. :)

  4. That is such a great story! You work with some amazing families.

    You certainly do cry a lot. How is someone like me (with a cold, cold heart) friends with someone who cries so easily?! ;)

  5. I love this! And you! And the DOC! And diabadass PWDs! :]

  6. aww, love the bracelet, and the meaning behind it. that feeling of support is priceless, isn't it?