CWD: Friends For Life.
Friends for Life has to be the most aptly named conference I've ever attended. I had the chance to meet, and reunite with, many people from the diabetes online community who have helped to change the course of my diabetes health. CWD's Friends for Life conference has more information on tap than I can cover in one post, but that's for later this week.
For now, I want to focus on the faces of diabetes.
From left to right: Elizabeth, CuteBaby, David, Kerri, Sara, and Mandy
Bennet (behaving) and Kerri (sort of behaving)
I was also able to meet Bennet from YDMV and his fantastic family. This is the only picture that came out normal of the two of us. The other one was very goofy and there is no way I could share it with everyone ... whoops. (And speaking of parents at CWD, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Campbell for the first time. She's awesome - hi, Michelle!!)
Kerri and Andy Bell.
I also was able to FINALLY meet Andy Bell from the JDRF. He's as energetic and sweet as I had anticipated, and the kids just flocked to his warm and friendly style. The JDRF is lucky to have Andy as an advocate!
Kerri and Sara
And, of course, the awesome Ms. Sara Knicks herself. Sara and I met for the first time at CWD last year and she's now blogging over at Diabetes Daily. (She also rocks a glow necklace like nobody's business.)
These people inspire the hell out of me. Whether we're diagnosed with diabetes in our childhood or in our later years, "children with diabetes" grow up to be determined, capable, and reasonably badass. We live with this disease and it may affect some of our decisions and take its physical toll, but it doesn't keep us from being ourselves, being happy, and being strong.
All thsoe pictures? Living proof.
(More on the CWD conference to come, including plenty of this: