When someone posted on the YLC Facebook Page that there was going to be a Glu Launch Party in Boston, I said, hell yes I’ll go! And I assumed that most of my YLC peers said the same thing. Now that I live even further west of Boston, I am late to everything that happens during the week. I love not living in the city, but it also sucks sometimes. So I showed up to this launch party eagerly looking for Kate and I spotted her as soon as I walked in. A quick greeting of hugs occurred and as I looked around for more familiar faces, I found none, and I found a ton. I did not find any more of my YLCers, but Kate said “Briley, do you know Manny?” And I was all “oh no we haven’t met” and I can only hope that I was that calm but in my head I was all “holy shit. You’re like Manny. Like the Manny. Superhero extraordinaire who kicks more awareness ass than anyone else I’ve heard of and oh cool. We’re shaking hands.” So Kate introduced me and we talked a bit and I have no idea what we talked about because of the awe factor, and then more people came over, and I got introduced to this really poised woman as Colcalli and I was like “I know her!” Except I couldn’t place the name and not until Manny said “this is Briley” and she was as excited as I was, did I realize that it was in fact Lorraine and I couldn’t really wrap my head around the fact that she was just as excited to meet me as I was her. We talked for a few minutes and then everyone went their separate ways, where I ran into an old camp counselor/co-worker. Since it’s been six(!) years since we worked together, I was definitely not expecting to see him, but it was really good to catch up. I looked around and recognized even more diabetes superheroes who I unfortunately did not have time to meet. There were laughs and discussions and shrieks (probably mostly on my part) and there was the offer of a juice box when I went to the bar for a glass of wine (this might be my favorite non-person moment of the night) and carb counts for EVERYTHING. As I left with Kate, I felt more empowered & impressed than I’ve felt in a long time. I was sad I didn’t get to see any of my other friends, but I am so glad I can say that I have met more people of the DOC, which is the greatest thing I’ve ever joined.