It's not often that I am speechless. But when it comes to spending a week surrounded by people with diabetes and their loved ones, words are hard to come by.
How do I describe how it feels?
To catch the first glimpse of friends you haven't seen in an entire year.
To go out to eat, and almost everyone at the table is checking their blood sugar and bolusing. Not just you.
To spend two days in the exhibit hall, telling people about the You Can Do This Project. And to see all the people running around with YCDT stickers and bracelets.
To sit in a session after breakfast, listening to all the CGM high alarms go off. Because mornings are rough for all PWDs. Not just you.
To have carb counts listed for all the food.
To hear something beep, and everyone reaches into their pocket or purse, because no one has any idea whom it might be.
To meet people you know in the DOC in real life for the first time. It's indescribable. You already know each other from twitter/blogs/podcasts. Seems like it would be awkward, but it isn't.
To stand in the hotel lobby, and see all the green bracelets. In a place where living with diabetes is normal. Where loving someone with diabetes is normal. Where it is impossible to feel like you're the only one.
To spend time with some of your best friends in the entire world. Who happen to have diabetes too.
|Photo credit: Kerri|
Meri said it best. She said FFL was a family reunion. Which it is. Everyone there either lives with diabetes or loves someone who does. And spending time with those people is a magical thing.
The Diabetes Online Community is so important to me. You guys are more than friends. You're family. And last week, it felt like home.
Disclaimer: Josh and I paid for all expenses involved in attending Friends For Life ourselves, including plane tickets, registration, hotel, and food. I was not asked to blog about the event, and all opinions are my own.