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Guest Post: What you Don’t Think About

March 19, 2012

I am really excited to have my friend Jess guest posting for me today.  When I was having trouble with insurance covering test strips, she sent me some.  When I have a question, she is always there to help and when I’m just having a blah day, she’s always there to offer support.  Someday we will meet, but until then keeping touch through the DOC is not a bad thing. 

Diabetes makes everything more complicated, and travel is no exception.  But I am a firm believer in not letting diabetes stop you from doing the things you want to do.  This includes traveling wherever you want to go.  The only things diabetes does keep me from doing when I travel is being able to fit everything in a small bag.

So my giant suitcase and I have had the opportunity to travel all over the place.  I survived a 28 hour roundtrip journey on a charter bus to a high school choir competition.  I’ve driven to Washington D.C., 18 hours one-way, smushed in a 15 passenger van with my fellow college students.  Makes my neck hurt thinking about that one.

I’ve been on more road trips to visit family and friends then I can count.  Josh and I went to San Francisco for our honeymoon.  And last summer, we went to Orlando for Friends For Life.  And I’m so excited to make that trip again this year!

I’ve even had the opportunity to travel outside the U.S.- twice!  My junior year of high school, thanks to driving everyone who knew me insane with fundraisers, I was able to join my choir for a trip to Italy.  It was incredible!  There were about 100 of us, between students and chaperones.  We were there for 10 days, working our way from Rome to Milan.  We had the opportunity to sing in some incredible venues, and see things I never would have dreamed I’d see.  I got to sing inside of the Pantheon, see the Sistine Chapel, and Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

The summer before my junior year of college, I worked a lot of hours and saved as much money as I could.  I wanted to go on a May Term trip.  And I did.  Three weeks, 30 students, two professors.  We went to Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales.  Another unforgettable experience.  I visited a Welsh castle, ate fish and chips in an Irish pub, saw the Book of Kells, and visited the home of William Wordsworth.  I saw Stratford-upon-Avon, a graveyard in the Irish countryside, and the Queen of England drive by in her carriage. Sometimes I still can’t believe it happened.

Thinking back on all of these trips, from visiting my grandparents to standing in Westminster Abbey, you know what I don’t think about?

Diabetes.

Diabetes has been on all these trips with me.  Every place I’ve ever traveled since I was 10.  But that’s not what I remember.  Diabetes has never stopped me from traveling to places I wanted to go.  If I won the lottery, I’d be back overseas tomorrow.

Diabetes always travels with me.  But it does not get to dictate where I go, or the memories I bring back.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 9:49 AM

    Wonderful post, Jess!

  2. March 19, 2012 9:46 PM

    fab guest post! i hope your travels bring you to meet briley someday soon! i love traveling as well. :)

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