I am trying to be calm, but I am so terribly excited. I have gone over my presentation for one last time. I am thinking about starting my laundry and finding a suitcase. Inside, I feel like a child getting ready to head to Disneyland tomorrow. Most people would think I am crazy.
I will be spending most of my weekend inside a hotel. I won’t be sharing that time with my partner. We won’t be enjoying a private, romantic getaway. Why would I be so excited?
Because this weekend is special. This weekend has taken two years to plan and arrange. This weekend I get to spend time with some of my absolute favorite people on the planet.
I will be with friends who have been there through thick and thin. They have encouraged me and given me the kick that I have needed through the highs and lows of life over the past 15 years. They are my diabetes family.
I truly consider it an honour to be able to be a part of the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Canada conferences. I know how important these conferences are for families so it pained me a few years ago when I found out that there would be no more conferences in the immediate future. With the work of many incredible people, we were able to change that.
This weekend, CWD will return to Canada after a brief hiatus. Families have been talking about it since the end of the last conference. I am so excited for them.
Many people don’t understand why I get excited about this conference. They figure it’s just the time away or something like that. They are wrong. This is a time, an event, at which I can give back. I can share what I have learned over the years with families and in return I get smiles, hugs and new friendships.
To sit in a hotel filled with people who have experienced what you have been through is a huge gift. Each time that I am able to share in that experience, I consider myself to be the luckiest person on the planet. It brings a song to my heart and a smile to my face to know that I get to be a part of something so incredible! Have to get some laundry done and get packing!!