In 2011, Pete and I attended our first CWD Friends for Life. And we happily went back for the following three years. But last year, we decided Pete deserved a vacation that DIDN’T revolve around diabetes. #blamePete Okay, okay, that isn’t entirely true. We decided together that we both needed a year when our vacation dollars were spent on something without a diabetes focus. Sure, we can’t really take a vacation from diabetes, but going somewhere non-diabetes related is important sometimes. And so we took a Canada / New England cruise, which was a fantastic adventure. But we missed FFL. A lot.
So this year, it was time to go back. And we’re both thankful that we did. Friends for Life is more than just a conference for us. It’s also a family reunion and a vacation and a second home and a bunch of other indescribable things with a ton of happy feelings. It’s a week when I get to hang with some of my most favorite people from the internet. In short, it feeds my soul. And here is why . . .
I got to spend time with Cara and Becky. Cara and I call ourselves twins because we were born on the same date and are so much alike. So time with her is always wonderful. And finally meeting Becky in real life, who came all the way from the UK, was a huge treat this year.
I've been Twitter pals and blog pals with Rick and Trip for quite some time. Finally getting to hang with them in person was priceless!
I reunited with my fellow New Englanders in the expo hall. Funny thing is, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been in New England when I’ve seen any of them.
Dinner and silliness are always important!! I love this crazy bunch.
I had no idea Wil would be attending, so seeing him was a very nice surprise. He wrote a great post about his experience as a first-timer this year.
Diabetes can feel so isolating at times. Working primarily from home in the on-line world also feels very isolating. So spending the week in a place where I felt decidedly not-isolated was exactly what my soul needed. And exactly what Friend for Life gave me.