It’s really difficult for me to put into words what experiencing just one day at the Children With Diabetes - Friends For Life Conference was like.
It’s hard to find the right words to say how I felt at home in 'Diabetes Land" and how amazing it was to walk amongst my diabetes peers, my diabetes family.
How do I describe the boatloads of conversations that occurred just because I was wearing my insulin pump and green CWD wristband?
How do I explain the heart to hearts I had with kids and adults, (and they had with me- God I learned a lot) of all ages?
How to I describe in perfect detail the hoards of children and adults with type 1 diabetes I saw having a grand old time, owning their diabetes, and walking with their heads held high and their insulin pumps proudly displayed for all to see?
I was in Florida for 2.5 days and I only spent 1 day (officially) at Children With Diabetes, but I have to tell you, after spending the day (and the previous two days) being surrounded by people who spoke and understood the language of diabetes, leaving was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life.
I attended sessions that helped me with diabetes and was surrounded by people who wanted to learn, and wanted to help others to learn the same thing. It was magical!
As I sat in the Orlando International Airport waiting for my plane that was delayed by almost three hours, I looked down at my green CWD/FFL wristband & I started to cry – I’d never felt so alone.
I texted and left both Christel & Scottie J voicemails. They texted back for me to ”come back home” and Scott called just as the plane started to board.
Me: I don’t want to get on the plane Scott. Seriously, I want to go back to Diabetes Land, I want to go home.” I miss everyone.
Scottie J: Oh k2, I know you do, we miss you to.
Me: Next year I’m staying for the whole CWD FFL.
Scottie J: Me 2.
ME: It was awesome! I'm crying now Scott.
Scottie J: Hang in there Kel, it's going to be OK.
We said our goodbyes and I took my seat with tears in my eyes.
Like I said, it’s all so hard to put into words. But I can tell you that Children with Diabetes might be the name, but it’s not just for children with diabetes.
Children with diabetes do indeed grow up- and that’s a wonderful thing.
CWD realizes that fact, and they are trying to add bring more adult type 1’s into the mix.
I'm begging here folks, take a moment to visit Scott Johnson’s post on the subject. Give him your feedback so that CWD can get the ball rolling for adults.
Your voice will be heard and I promise you, if you decide to attend next year, it will change your life!
Click HERE to read Scott Johnson’s fabulous post- and tell him your thoughts!