The Diabetics Take Manhattan.
On Sunday morning, a large group of type 1 diabetics and their loved ones invaded a French restaurant two blocks from Times Square. Although we had to wait a few minutes while the restaurant staff played musical tables, trying to fit in all 14 of us into a space really meant for maybe 12 people, we managed to fit everyone and had a great time getting to know everyone.
For me, there were some new faces to names – namely, Cara, visiting from Tennessee, Brenda and her boyfriend, Frank, a type 2, hailing from mid-Jersey, Amylia, celebrating her birthday in the Big Apple, Chuck, a NYC-native making his diabetes meet-up debut, and Tia, who was visiting her brother. I also met other Type 3s: Jason (Lee Ann’s husband) and Amanda (Cara’s friend).
From the left going clockwise: Frank, Brenda, Erik, Allison (me), Val, Wendy, Tia, Jason, Lee Ann, Chuck, Amylia, Erica, and Cara.
Because our table was so long, it was difficult to catch the conversation around the table. After we made a round of introductions, we ordered our food and got down to business of chatting about diabetes. Down on one end, I overheard conversations about CGMS and other gadgets, while Amylia quizzed me and Erik about how we met. I also got to know Chuck, who was just recently diagnosed with diabetes a couple of years ago. Hopefully others who came to the event will blog about what they chatted about!
Cara, who was our guest of honor (the meet-up was planned specially for Cara’s East Coast birthday trip), had the chance to meet many NYC-area blogger, like Lee Ann and her husband, Jason, and Amylia (who’s not from NYC, but flew in from Wisconsin to also celebrate her birthday) and Erica.
Amylia, Cara and Erica
Jason, Cara and Lee Ann
I also got to show off Erik.
Erik and Allison (me, again)
Have you thought about coming to a diabetes meet-up but are afraid because you’re not a blogger or have quit your blog? Never fear! We even had some defunct bloggers there…
Val, Wendy and Tia
For more pictures, check out the photostream on Flickr.
Up next: Minnesota! If you’re in the Minneapolis area and are part of the online diabetes community in some capacity (whether you’re a blogger, a TuDiabetes member, on Diabetes Daily, a fan of dLife, or just an avid lurker of us crazy diabetes bloggers) you are welcome to come to our meet-up on Sunday, June 14. Please leave your email address in the comments section so I can send you an invite.