Thursday, 2 June 2016

Dear Dia-bestie

Dear Diabestie,

Thank you for always being there, through the good times and bad, and everywhere in between. Thank you for being the person I can always turn to, no matter what time it is. Thank you for being my dia-bestie.

I am so proud of you. You have done so much despite having type 1 diabetes and you are truly an inspiration.

We wouldn’t have met unless we both had Type 1 Diabetes, but that is one of the big positives about having it. I met my best friend, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

You helped me feel confident about going to the care event where we initially met. By meeting you prior to the event, you made me less anxious about going to an event with 23 strangers, and I can’t thank you enough for that.

Me, you and the girls at the Care Event
The first meeting we had when you came to a town near to where I lived was very awkward. We made small talk, went bowling, had ice cream, but it wasn’t until I had a hypo and you helped me that we truly bonded. I didn’t feel abnormal around you like I did everyone else because you knew what it was like to have the added challenges of Type 1 Diabetes.

For the duration of the care event we both attended, we stayed close friends. Even though for many of the events we were in different groups, you still accepted me with open arms. After the event, there were many skype calls with the others from the event, and the numbers eventually dwindled down until there was 2.

I am so glad that we met again at the People with Diabetes Conference. It just reinforced our friendship and made us closer.

Us at the People with Diabetes Conference
Every time I see your achievements and all the amazing work you do, I am so happy for you. You do so much amazing work and you take everything in your stride. You get so much recognition for your work, and you deserve it.

We are friends despite of the distance that separates us. If anything, the distance makes our friendship stronger, because when we do see each other it's that bit more special. We are friends because we both understand the stress that diabetes causes us, and are able to support each other.

Lydia, Thank you for being my dia-bestie!

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My name is Alyssa Faulkner. I am a Type 1 Diabetic Teen living in Scotland. I currently use a Medtronic insulin pump and an Enlite CGM, and am a volunteer for Diabetes Scotland.