Well yesterday at the hospital I work at I was walking back from the cafeteria with a co-worker. I know a lot of people there because the job I do, but today was a little different. My co-worker Jeff is a long time diabetic on the same pump I am. He was asking me questions on my CGM because he wants to get onto it. We passed a girl that I know from a different site.. and yes she was a pumper too! She asked how I was and all we talked about was our experiences with our pumps. Another lady walked up behind I have known for a few years but had no idea she was a D educator and she never knew that I was a diabetic. She asked me to be part of her classes for the kids she works with.
I had another one of these D meetings today. I was working in a clinic after hours installing a computer and I heard something in the hallway. I made myself known that I was there and he walked back. I recognized the name but not the face Dr. Twist. He is a urologist and guess what? Yes he had a pump on his side too!! And I said “so you too huh?” Showing him mine.. and he said “yep.. since I was in my 20’s in med school” we had a conversation about the struggles with D.. he told me that dealing with D is the hardest thing he ever had to do. I expressed that to see someone with his training and expertise first hand experience with D makes him a better Dr.
I came home tonight to turn on the TV and seen a story on the news about a new friend of mine on facebook “The World Guy” Eric Bendl who walks from state to state to raise awareness of D. This disease effects SOO many of us but is also a fiber that binds us all together. We don’t have to do it alone. Not now, Not Ever!