Sitting at a table with five other type 1 diabetic women, I ordered a cheeseburger for dinner.
What?! I didn't eat the bun! And it was downright delicious.
Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting up with the local diabetic ladies of Fairfield County. Karen and Erin were there, as well as Julie, Rachel, and Judith. Six of us at a big, round table being waited on by the world's nicest waitress.
I was telling Chris - it was so cool and borderline surreal to hear six pumps beeping and six lancet devices shunking and six meters flashing results. One woman was both diabetic and the mother of a boy with diabetes. Another was 21 weeks pregnant. One was about to mark her 30th year with diabetes. Another was closing in on her second. We're an eclectic and diverse group of women with different backgrounds and desires and families and lives but there's this one huge thing that we all share - diabetes.
I really appreciate having this in-person kind of support. It stems from our interactions online, but putting faces and smiles and voices to these email addresses and blog posts really makes me appreciate what this community has become over time. It's so nice to hang with people who really understand - and who are so much more than their disease.
And this time we got ourselves some damn photographic evidence!
Thanks for coming out, ladies, and I'm looking forward to our next dinner! (I promise to stick to decaf. And I won't tell that stupid lip gloss story again. Or the potato one. Or mention the store down the street from dLife. I embarrass myself with surprising regularity.)
Are you interested in meeting up? Are you in Fairfleld County, CT? Email me at kerri (at) sixuntilme (dot) com and we'll add you to the email list!
EDIT: Is anyone from the Dallas, TX area? Someone out there is looking for a fellow diabetic to share stories with, so if you're in Dallas, email me so I can link you guys up!