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Sara, Me, Jaimie, George and Niya

Last weekend myself and Jaimie planned a meet-up for the TuDiabetes Long Beach, CA area. I am glad we planned the meet-up. I the chance to see Rebecca and meet Arturo. I see Jaimie all the time. When it comes to anything diabetes related you'll pretty much see the two of us together.

Rebka and I

Please bare with me, I was going to blog about the meet-up over at my personal blog-- I decided to come back home (TuDiabetes) to share why diabetes meet-up's are important to me and a lot of other people in the diabetes online community.

George (ninjabetic), Me and Scott K. Johnson

Chatting with someone or responding to someone online is a learning experience and powerful thing. I am not knocking online communities by any means--sometimes it's great to sit with and conversate with someone who understands you. It's awesome to compare notes, learn about someone else's story and lifestyle. Meet-up's brings us closer together, bonds unlike any other--it doesn't matter what type of diabetes you have.

Manny, Me, Santi and Niya

Have you ever met, sat with or talked to someone with diabetes other than someone over the computer? If not, you do not know what your missing.

Jaimie, Jenny and Me

I promise if you take the time out of your busy schedule to attend 1 meet-up, I promise you it will be well worth it. Once you attend your first meet-up, you'll never look at diabetes the same. You never know who will inspire you and who you'll inspire.

Rebka, Arturo, Ally

Diabetes is becoming a global epidemic. We have to start meet-up's, raise our voice and getting the word out. Diabetes Community Rock's online but what about the people who are touched diabetes that doesn't have internet access? I challenge YOU to start a meet-up in your area. So, what if no one shows. I promise the more you talk about it, the more people will show up. Bill Gates didn't get rich overnight. If the Susan G. Komen foundation can make a difference in the world, by spreading awareness....So can YOU and I.

If you need any help planning meet-ups. Let me know.

Let's work together! Let's spread the word...1 meet-up, 1 voice, 1 computer, 1 community, 1 town, 1 city, 1 state and 1 country at a time. We can do it!!!

Be Blessed


If I miss spelled words or my grammer is off. I am not sorry! I am speaking from my heart.

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Tags: cal, diabetes, meetup, southern, tudiabetes

Comment by Beatriz D. on August 1, 2009 at 8:15pm
Such an inspiration, Cherise! I finally met with Andrea yesterday, and it was so great to talk about life and diabetes, to know that I'm not alone, and that I can reach out to people in my area. We are excited about sending the word out and bring the diabetes community together.
Comment by MichelleStu on August 1, 2009 at 8:53pm
Looking forward to meeting up with you in November!
Comment by Jaimie Hernandez on August 1, 2009 at 8:59pm
awwwwwwwww just awwwwwwwwwwww....don't know what I would do without my D-friends :) are very powerful for friendship, laughing, sharing and renewing your strength to continue your D journey!
Comment by Jenny on August 1, 2009 at 9:03pm
Confirmed at work, NO MORE SATURDAYS for a while. Meaning I CAN come to saturday meetups. YAY!!!!!!
Comment by Andreina Davila on August 1, 2009 at 9:20pm
Thank you so much Cherise, I love the post. :)
Comment by Sara on August 1, 2009 at 9:35pm
Love ya Cherise! You can steal pictures from me anytime! :)
Actually, I don't think it's stealing if you're in it, right?
I can't believe how much the world has changed. I mean we talked to a friend in Malaysia last night!! How incredible is that?!
Comment by Khürt Williams on August 2, 2009 at 4:10am
So how do I start a meet-up in the Princeton area considering the only people I know with diabetes are on TuDiabetes?
Comment by Hannah Tan on August 2, 2009 at 7:10am
I have yet to go to a "physical" meet up here in Malaysia...but I have to say... the virtual meet ups are AWESOME as well!
Thank you for inviting me in to the video chat on friday night! :)
Comment by 1HappyDiabetic on August 2, 2009 at 7:20am
I went to my fisrt diabetes meetup yesterday actually. It was great. There is instant bond and trust factor you automatically get. My wife went as well as spoke with other family members. Everyone had a great time.
Comment by Sweeter Cherise on August 2, 2009 at 5:59pm
1happydiabetic- I am glad you attended your first meet-up. I bet your wife had a ball. Meet-up's gives spouses a chance to see their not the only one too. Do you think you'll attend another on?

Hannah- You are awesome! You had me cracking up Friday during our Tokbox "Meet-up". We'll have to do it again.

Khurt- I would suggest maybe posting flyers up in your local dinner. Maybe see about getting a Doc office to spnonor or hold a meet-up for you. IF you need more idea's DM me on twitter with youe e-mail addy.

Sara- lol, we'll I didn't ask you before I took it. WE had a ball Friday. I think we should do it more often.

Andreina- Thank you!

Jenny- Going to figure out when We'll be headed back out your way. Will keep you updated.

Jaimie- I agree:)

Michelle- I CAN NOT wait to meet you in NOV. hahaha

Bea- I am glad you and Andrea met! I can't wait to meet the both of you.


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