I was going to use my in Toronto time to see the see family, sneak some work in if possible, check out the city, because the last time I'd been there I was maybe 16.
I had also planned to check out the University of Toronto & it's historical significance to the discovery of insulin, and later meet up with a few members of the Canadian Diabetes On-Line Community which I was thrilled about!!
As I walked miles and miles around the University, I started to feel really low, and I was just about to sit down on a bench, when out of the corner of my eye I saw this:
Like the above sign. I wish I'd known Carrie Fisher's One Woman show was in town, because I'd have bought tixs!
Cut to a few days later, when I was all dressed up and ready to spend the evening at Gretsky's with some friends I'd never met in real life.
Right down the street from Gretsky's I saw one of my all time favorite things ever!
A place whose members and name had inspired me since I was a child.
I could feel Gilda Radner & John Candy's spirit!
But I had important people to meet and had to walk past and not go in. :(
Walking into Great One's restaurant doors, I knew he Canadian Contingency of the DOC was on the other side and I was stoked!
I went to the rooftop and it was packed.
I walked around looking for people wearing insulin pumps and a seeing eye dog.
Finally, a woman walked up to me and asked: Are you Kelly? And I said: I sure am!
We laughed, and then laughed some more and we had a blast!
Around 11 the evening ended and we posed for a group picture.
Then we hugged one another, said our goodbyes, talked some more, hugged and said our goodbyes again.
We walked outside and one by one, we went our separate ways until finally it was Ilana and I.
Who might I add, went went out of her way to make sure I got on the right subway!
The next day I met Jaimie for coffee at Tim Horton's, the Canadian equivalent to Dunkin Donuts.
The coffee was OK, the Timbits (munchkins) were better, and the company was the best!
Once again, a fellow DOCer made sure I took the right subway, and I went back to my mother's friend's, had dinner and packed to go home. And the next day, I went home, and the next day after that, shit hit the fan with my mother's health, and it went down hill from there.
Through it all I received notes from my Canadian DOCers letting me know they were thinking of me and pulling for my mom.
They wrote me beautiful emails, comments and sent direct messages on twitter & facebook during her illness and after she died.
So to the Canadian DOCers - Thank you for bringing a smile to my face, both in Canada and at home.
Thank you for being there and understanding all that these past few months have been, and never once mentioning or asking when I was going to post about our meet up.
I love you guys and am so grateful to have met you both on line and in real life - And I can't wait until we meet again!