A simple Facebook message. Thats how it started.
I was nervous. I was meeting up with a stranger who I had met on the internet - this was before I became part of the GBDOC and the only Type 1’s I had ever met were through JDRF Discovery days.
My parents had always taught me not to talk to strangers, and this one looked pretty dodgy ;)
So the day came and we decided to go bowling.
10am and we were the only people in the bowling alleys! Do you remember the 10 minutes of awkward chit chat?
‘How long have you been diagnosed?’
‘What subjects to you take?’
We finished the game of bowling... after about 10 minutes.
By the end of the day after going for lunch, carb counting, eating ice-cream and walking round the town the initial awkwardness was broken when the ‘disease’ we both have in common completely broke the ice.
Alyssa - ‘I think Im low’
Two weeks later we met again, this time at a Diabetes UK Care Event. It was so lovely to get to meet again, the awkwardness had gone and I felt like I was meeting with a friend I had known for years. You and the other 21 campers made that Care Event which I was very nervous attending one such an amazing experience.
I think you are so inspiring not just with your diabetes but your general attitude to life. If something knocks you back you come back twice as strong and you are so determined to make a difference! I think its fantastic all the work you do with Just Duk It and I hope one day we will be travelling round doing Diabetes talks together! (The Pumptastic Backpacker?! ;) aha!
Meeting again at the People With Diabetes Conference just confirmed how strong our friendship is. After 2 years apart, even though we speak all the time, you couldn't shut us up, and we tried but failed to hold back the tears as we both went our separate ways again.
Without diabetes I wouldn't have met my best friend and many other amazing friends along the way - thats a very strange thought!
“Friendship is born that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! you too? I thought I was the only one!” - C.S.Lewis
Thankyou for being my ‘Dia - bestie’!
Hope you enjoyed this blog post! If you write a post about your ‘Dia-bestie’ please send me a link! Id love to read it!
Lots of love The Backpacker and the Pod xxx