One of my favorite people to visit with is Bennet from Your Diabetes May Vary. Two of his four kids live with type 1 diabetes, and he lives with type 2 diabetes. He gets it. He’s brilliantly smart, is passionate about diabetes advocacy, and is not afraid to call bullshit when he sees it.
He said something to me earlier today that has stuck with me through most of the day. He said that one of the biggest things Roche gives us is something I know I didn’t fully appreciate; the opportunity to get to know each other better.
He didn’t mean Roche and the attendees, although that is valuable too. What he meant was US getting to know US better.
We have something very special in the Diabetes Online Community. We have an environment full of love, support, encouragement, empowerment, and inspiration.
It starts with the common bond of diabetes, is actively nurtured by the open and honest sharing we all do online, and is amplified by getting to know each other better.
Great things, such as Kim’s “You Can Do This” project, and Sara & George’s “Best of the ‘Betes Blogs” project (as just a couple examples), come from the relationships we build during events like this.
Thank you Roche.