“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl
― Ruth Reichl
I came home from Roche Summit last night and I have so much information and many experiences to process - And honestly guys, I can't wait to share them with you!
But until I get the chance to actually gather my thoughts into a coherent post, I thought I'd share something else from the Summit with you.
Dr. Jen Dyer, a.k.a., Endo Goddess filmed the following video of me trying cotton candy for the first time in my life on Monday night at the Indianapolis Indians (Indy's Minor League Base Ball team) game and I'm so grateful that she did!
Those of us at the Roche Summit attended the game and had the opportunity to hangout, watch the game and actually eat everything one actually eats at a base game. Hots, hamburgers, cornbread, cookies & cotton candy - And nobody judged anyone.
Here's the thing, growing up with diabetes I was never actually allowed to eat cotton candy.
My parents thought that spun sugar was not something a child with diabetes should be eating, so I never had it.
Over the years all my type 3 friends were always amazed that I'd never tried it.
Between you and me, it didn't really bother me because every time I saw cotton candy, I thought of fiber glass and never really wanted to try it.
But when Marlene from Roche came around with a giant bag filled with bags of cotton candy at the game for everyone in attendance - I couldn't resist.
And the fact that I had the opportunity to try it with people who actually "got" where I was coming from re: the situation and were excited for me to check cotton candy of my "bucket list" made me really want to try it.
So here I go.......
"Kelly's Cotton Candy Experience: An Endo Goddess Production
With A special appearance by Mr. Mike Lawson!
Verdict: Honestly, I wasn't impressed by it.
Cotton candy has a really weird texture and it's ridiculously sweet. I guess I thought it would be more like icing - It's totally not.
But the fact that I was surrounded by my Diabetes On-line Community friends who were just as excited by the fact that I was actually trying it for the first time was SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME. And now my cotton candy experience is one of those happy/funny moments in my life that I will never forget.
And I decided to share it with my other Diabetes On-line Community friends who weren't there in real life, because I figured that all of us living with diabetes have had those things that we never were "allowed" to try because of our diabetes.
And when we finally do (and whether we end up liking them or not,) it becomes a defining moment in the sense that we actually can try it- Especially when no one judges us for it or tells us we shouldn't!
So do you have an equivlent to the "Cotton Candy Experience" and if so, please feel free to share if you want!!