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Family Reunion.

May 17, 2010

Whenever I meet someone with diabetes, I have this instant connection with them, almost as if I have known them my whole life. Perhaps it is because diabetes transcends to so many different facets of our lives that even when everything is completely different, we still have a commonality that is intensely shared.

It is always a joy to have the opportunity to spend time with other people with diabetes in real life. I feel almost silly saying that because even people whom I have never met before can feel just as close as someone I have grown up with. But there really is no replacement for spending quality time, sharing stories and conversing in real-time, and hearing the laughter and exclamations that come from connecting with someone who knows exactly what you mean.

Another blogger friend of mine, Cara, is a Broadway afficiando and makes a pilgrimage once a year to the City That Never Sleeps to take in a few shows. This has become an annual excuse for me to throw a big party for everyone in town. With so many of my favorite people getting together, it’s almost like a family reunion (only without the annoying Food Police!).

This year, my party plans were mangled when the original venue shut down just a week before our meet-up. I quickly recovered with Le Pain Quotidien, which turned out to not be much of an improvement on our traditional “restaurant dining” experiences but it was more affordable than many options and allowed for a large party without forcing us into a “party” meal plan. Whatever works, right?

We had a large turnout! In addition to myself and Cara, we were joined by Scott, Gina, Tina, Stacey, Karen, Lee Ann, Arielle and Mara and a handful of type 3s (who are always welcome!). Of course, there were a some who were missed, but we enjoyed good food and great weather. After lunch, some of us took a stroll through Central Park and had an in depth conversation about the Ping and Minimed pumps. As Cara pointed out, if only we could somehow morph the two into one Super Pump!

All too soon it was over, and everyone scurried off to their afternoon appointments. It is always such a treat to get everyone together and I promise I will try (emphasis on try!) to host more diabetes meet-ups in the future. I hear someone (read: me) has a birthday (the big 2-5!) coming up this summer, so perhaps you’ll see another invitation circulating the Interwebs.

Until next time….


11 Comments
  1. May 17, 2010 5:55 PM

    Y’all sure are a bunch of good-lookin’ diabetics!

  2. May 17, 2010 6:01 PM

    I love that I have met so many of those people! AND PETE TOO!!!!! YEAH PETE!

    • May 17, 2010 6:03 PM

      Wait, when did you meet Pete?? And yeah, he’s one of my fave Type 3s.

  3. May 17, 2010 7:39 PM

    This makes me happy. My 8 year old niece is diabetic. It’s nice to read stories like this🙂

  4. tmana permalink
    May 17, 2010 7:59 PM

    Sorry we couldn’t make it this time ’round. Ended up spending the afternoon doing helmet checks on kids registered for the neighboring community’s annual “Training Wheel Toss”. We had about 70 kids riding without training wheels for the first time! And my remaining bumps (from the May 5 crash) presented a bit of an object lesson for “why I always wear a helmet when I bicycle, and why it does have to feel a bit tight”…

  5. May 17, 2010 8:16 PM

    I love the title of your post, “Family Reunion”. The title is fitting for our community.

  6. May 17, 2010 8:53 PM

    We had such a great time with everyone. Only one thing could have made it better – IF GEORGE WAS THERE. YEAH GEORGE!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. Lorraine permalink
    May 17, 2010 8:58 PM

    Fabulous! I love seeing all these familiar faces together! Sounds like you had a blast and I am so glad the weather was so great!

  8. May 18, 2010 1:20 AM

    I’m so glad that I got to hang with all of you guys!!! It was such a great part of my trip. And meeting all the new people for the first time = AWESOME!
    You’re right, it’s just like a huge family reunion…only not so many annoying family members. LOL🙂
    Thanks for planning it. And for showing me non-touristy NYC.

  9. May 18, 2010 8:53 AM

    Awww yay, what a great time, and a lovely looking bunch of people!🙂

  10. May 19, 2010 4:28 AM

    What an awesome meetup! Saw that the other day and just thought, “Wow – to have so many come together!” Great title, too! Can’t wait to get to one of those massive meetups myself, hopefully in the not-so-distant future!

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