Monday, October 17, 2011

Diabetes in the Background

Saturday was one of those once-in-a-lifetime, amazing kind of days.  Saturday was the New York City stop of #Simonpalooza.  What is Simonpalooza?  It’s what happens when a handsome guy with Type 1 diabetes works many long hours to save up for an epic trip from Australia to the US, with stops in L.A., Kansas City and NYC.

So there we were.  Over a dozen people with diabetes (and a couple without) gathered at a chic bowling alley in New York City.  (I know, “bowling alley” and “chic” don’t usually get used together - but this place had quite an atmosphere.)  And do you know what?  We didn’t talk about diabetes!!  We were just a bunch of good friends (some of whom were just meeting for the first time) hanging out and bowling.  We laughed.  We goofed around.  We ate the  most amazing cupcakes!!


Diabetes? It flew under the radar that day.  Sure, the was some D-Talk as I took the train from Connecticut with Kerri and Briley.  And at the bowling alley, people chugged water to combat highs or passed around the glucose tabs to treat lows.  But the day was all about the epic meet-up we were attending, and not really about diabetes at all.  It was simply about spending some precious time with some very good friends.


I love that we educate and advocate and focus so much on diabetes.  But do you know what I love even more?  I love that on Saturday, diabetes spent the day in the background.  Because sometimes, that’s just the way it should be.

(Thanks to Kerri for loaning pictures to the girl who always forgets her camera!!  Otherwise this poor post would be picture-free.)


  1. Fabulous! Looks just grand! And I agree, diabetes in the background is a marvelous thing!

  2. What an amazing event! I bet you made his trip!

  3. This weekend was one of the most amazing times ever! My only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time with you (and, of course, Kelly's last minute entry!). I miss you so much and I'm so glad I got to see you!!!

  4. It really was an amazing day. We spent 7 hours just talking about everything & anything & enjoying every minute of each other's company! I'm so glad you were able to come & we were "cheerleaders" together :)

  5. That was certainly a good time!

  6. i love that the focus was on the people and the connections made and not on diabetes. love that.

  7. I am so glad I went. Meeting new friends is awesome! However half the fun was seeing old friends like you Karen ;) Diabetes rarely likes to sit in the background but we do a great job sticking it there now and again for sanity's sake

  8. I'm so glad you were able to go and meet Simon along with the others! Kansas City was my first DOC meet-up, and I have to say I'm hooked. Maybe I'll get to meet you at the next one! :)


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