Diabetes Off-line Community
When I planned on going to Kickoff for the Cure, I forgot that not every person with diabetes is involved in the D-OC, so therefore it wouldn’t be meeting my friends. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am extremely shy. Coming up with casual conversation for me is very VERY difficult. So as I stood there and watched the game and resisted the urge to just grab my phone and start texting, I walked over to where a few of the JDRF women were talking to a few others. Eventually I started talking about insulin pumps with a few people, especially my decision to go from Minimed to Animas. As I was discussing this, I learned that one of the people I was talking to works for a medical device company, and he specializes in the diabetes devices because of his experience. It’s like all my experience on twitter talking to all of you came to help in real life. I tried to hide my excitement at talking to a real, live person who can positively affect every single person with diabetes. And so I asked if he was involved in any on-line patient groups. In trying to explain it all, and not sound foolish & giddy, I tried to do the blogs and everyone justice. He isn’t really involved on twitter, but then he started talking about so many people he really wants to meet. I agreed with him, but because of twitter I feel like I already know them. I explained how I wasn’t really a blog reader until I became a twitter-er because being on twitter helps me to really know the people behind the blog, even if I only “know” two of you. (That is changing soon!) We talked about how he sometimes gets to go to all the fancy conferences, and how I really want to go to FFL. We talked about CGM technology and pumps and camps and dsma and walks and of course, football. And all of a sudden I realized I had been able to push my shyness away. And all it needed was a little diabetes conversation.
I don’t know if I was able to convey my giddiness in an adult manner, but I do hope that there is a possibility that I may have urged someone who works on changing our lives positively every day, into the D-OC.