The CWD Family Support Weekend runs through the new year holiday.  Many of these families have been spending the new year holiday together for a number of years.  The kids and teens are all about bringing in the next 365 days with the CWD friends they have grown up with.

The Hitchcock family invited everyone to hang out in their room for the evening, and it was a lot of fun.   There were people coming and going most of the night – the smart ones retiring early (we did have to work the next day), and the rest of us staying up well past our bedtime to watch the ball drop.

At about 11:50 the CWD Teens crashed the room.  All of a sudden there was a parade of fifteen or twenty teens and tweens streaming in through the door and filling the room up with teenage noise.   Screeching, yelling, clapping, laughter and giggles.  It was NUTS!

Then someone passed out noisemakers…

I’ve heard people on television talk about how loud the Metrodome football stadium can get during a Vikings home game.  In fact, it has been said it’s the loudest venue in the NFL.

The Metrodome had nothing on the Hitchcock suite that night.

At 11:59:11 PM, one of the teens started counting down, 49! 48! 47! As she got closer, more of them joined in. 46! 45! 44!

The noise and chaos kept swelling, and at one point I leaned over to Andrea Hulke and said “this is the most obnoxious … and totally AWESOME thing ever!!!”

When the ball hit the bottom, and the new year rolled in, I thought the windows of the room were going to be blasted out by the noisemakers and screaming.

It was so cool.

At 12:01 AM, 1/1/11, Jeff kicked everyone out, just like he promised.  As I walked back to my room I couldn’t help but to miss my family terribly.  But I also thought about how these kids, these families that come to the CWD events, they have something special together.  They have something that would have changed the way we all grew up with diabetes if it had been around back then.  It helps them deal with the mental aspect of living with diabetes on the most basic level.

They know they are not alone with it, and they have friends to reach out to when they need it.

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6 Responses to Ring It In CWD Style

  1. Siobhan says:

    Great post! It’s so true – I grew up ‘alone’ with diabetes for almost 18 years until I met the DOC. I’m so grateful to be hear – life as a kid with d would have been so much better if I’d had something like CWD around! Just grateful I can be part of it now.

    When are you going to hit up FFL UK Scott? Would be great to have you over here!

  2. Mike Hoskins says:

    Great post, Scott! Thanks for sharing it with us. You’re so right: that is life-changing and an incredible experience that would have changed my life had it been around in the 80s, or even early 90s. Sure, there was D-Camp each summer that I went to every once in a while, but what it would have been like to have been a part of something like CWD on New Year’s like there is now.

  3. Barb says:

    CWD has been part of my family for close to 10 years. I wish I had met them sooner but would never have made it as far as I have without Jeff, Laura, Brenda and so many more. Getting together is a blessing that I look forward to each year. You will have to get them to let you cross the border Scott and join us here in FFL Canada. It is becoming just as amazing as it is in the US.

  4. deanusa says:

    what a great post! thanks scott.
    man i envy these kids.and yet i am so happy for them. what a world of difference it would have made in my life to have something like this. its one thing to meet another d. but it has to be totally awesome to grow up with other d s. how cool.
    lol you know im getting old, so i love hearing this stuff!

  5. Jopke says:

    “Someone” passed out the noisemakers???? Come on, it’s alright, fess up. Even more amazing is how you managed to get the party siren and blowhorn in without detection!!!

    I agree though, what a wonderful experience this would have been growing up. It is great it is available now.

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