Yesterday my boyfriend and I participated in JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes with Team Ninjabetic. It was an incredible experience and I don’t know if I can do it justice in a single blog post.
As the team gathered before the walk, I got the chance to meet other people with diabetes who I’ve gotten to know online the past few months. For the first time, I was face to face with people who I’ve connected with on Twitter and whose blogs I’ve read, learned from and commented on. Let me tell you, the people in the diabetic online community are just as awesome and supportive in person as they are online.
After the walk, the team headed to a nearby park for George’s party. As I mentioned a couple of week ago, yesterday was George’s 20 year anniversary of being diagnosed and he threw a party to celebrate the fight. The celebration included an incredible musical performance of “Not by Choice,” accompanied by a slideshow of people in the DOC who couldn’t make the walk. The awesome Sara Knicks shared a video of the performance on her blog. Check it out – it’s really powerful.
As my boyfriend and I left George’s party and walked to my car, I got choked up. I was overcome with emotion thinking about the incredible people I’d just bonded with and knowing it was this awful disease that had brought us all together. There have been so many times in the past eight months that I’ve been angry and down about diabetes, but suddenly I was thankful for the people who were brought into my life because of my deficient pancreas.
I want to give a huge thanks to George for organizing the team and encouraging me to participate. I was honored to fight for a cure with him. Also, a huge thanks goes to my walking partner, my boyfriend, who has been an amazing type 3.