There’s so much to write about my Friends For Life Experience - And as I sit at my computer, I don’t know where to begin.
And I’m distracted because I keep looking down at my green Children with Diabetes bracelet and I wish I was back in Florida.
The green bracelet is my talisman and touchstone to people and an organization who mean the world to me and I love my FFL family very much.
And now That I'm back in the "real world", I wish I wasn't.
|My green bracelet is my touchstone & my talisman~|
The real world is filled with me playing catch-up with work and life and has me dealing people who don’t “get” diabetes and don’t want to.The real world is filled with strangers who don’t look you in the eye because they’re too busy looking down at their phones -and that sucks.
Adults and children with green bracelets find one another and the “me too” factor kicks in with a vengeance and it’s beautiful.
Little children see my green bracelet and immediately show me theirs - and vice versa. And then we show one another our pumps and talk about how much fun we’re having. Princesses, Batman & Spiderman tend to enter the conversation, as does “Jake & The Pirates,” and I'm totally cool with that.
Those conversations start anywhere and everywhere. In line for gelato, at the sink in the ladies room, at the pool, the breakfast line - EVERYWHERE - and it’s a beautiful thing.
Oh how I miss those hugs and all the understanding!
And I miss the learning and the bonding and the frenetic pace that leaves everyone breathless, smiling, and wanting more.
FFL, makes me feel like I'm the aunt to thousands of amazing green and orange bracelet wearing children and teens and makes me feel like I have a thousand green and orange bracelet wearing brothers and sisters - and parents for that matter.
And I kid you not, now that I'm home, I'm incredibly homesick for my green and orange bracelet wearing family.
And now for the not so mushy (at least for the most part,) part of the post.
The Master Lab was an intense 1.5 day lab on Diabetes Advocacy, Non Profits, the Press, Social Media, getting your story out there and everything in-between, and it was incredibly informative and powerful.
The MasterLab gave me the courage to ask for help with #IwishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes Booth.
I’m still wrapping my head around everything I learned and going through my notes with a fine tooth comb.
Sidebar: For a great FFL tech/other cool stuff breakdown, read THIS post by Mike Hoskins post over at Diabetesmine.
To be honest, I was nervous about it - but as I mentioned, it ROCKED MY WORLD (in the fantastical sense of the term,) and it was truly an amazing experience!
The booth was filled with familiar faces from the DOC, who gave their time and energy and helped to make the booth functional, fun and a success!
I'll be posting about #IwishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes booth experience as soon as I'm finished writing about it.... Stay tuned ;)