I’ve been given the opportunity to go to the Children With Diabetes (CWD) Friends For Life (FFL) conference in Orlando, FL as their scholarship recipient. Everyone’s a winner! (And you didn’t even know you were playing!) I’m going to attend and impart my knowledge gained from the sessions I choose and people I meet…. to you and the world.
This is a big deal for me. I didn’t go to Camp Clara Barton, the cool camp for chicks with diabetes as a kid. Even though I was eligible, my parents and I never chose to investigate it. (I went to “non-diabetes” camp, which while being fun, would have been a whole lot more fun if there were other T1s around me.) Years later, I’m colored Pantone® 376 (which is green) with envy, after hearing about all the fun my T1 friends had at Clara Barton (and Camp Joslin for the guys).
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, or so they say… So, here’s my chance. Granted, I’ll be taking the adult track classes (which are a relatively new addition in the past few years), but I plan on relishing in the fact that everyone around me is there for the same thing: learning – from not just the experts, but from each other. Many of my friends are faculty this year and many others are attending. (And my pediatric endo is speaking, so I’m going to be stalking her to say hi.) I’m looking forward to making new friends…for life.
A few years back, I saw what the big deal was about when I was in the same meeting space for a Roche Social Media Summit. Kids with pumps hanging out with kids with pumps. Lots of kids. And no one thought it was weird when someone said: “I’m high.” I wanted to be ten again…. for about a minute and then remembered that I liked being older. And now, I get to strap on a green wristband, which signifies that I am a Type 1, and dive into the FFL frenzy. It’s my turn to go to camp.
Are you going? If you’ve been, what advice would you give to a “first-timer”?
I’m feeling Pantone® rainbow happy today!