Most of the time, diabetics spend their time with non-diabetics. No one really knows exactly what frustrations come with wearing a plastic box attached to 23 inches of tubing, nor do they know what it is like to prick your fingers. But, as diabetics we don't mind that our love ones don't know exactly what it is like; however, when we get that chance to mingle with another diabetic - we won't turn it down!
I really enjoy being around other diabetics. Although we aren't always talking about 'diabetes' things, the topic is never far off. I enjoy talking about my diabetes with anyone, but when I am talking to someone who knows exactly what they're talking about - it's nice!
I've made a lot of diabetic friends from all across Canada and the United States. The best part is knowing that when you're having those days when you can't help, but vent - there is always someone there. Someone who can say, "I know exactly how you feel."
The weirdest part of it all is when you're with the other diabetics and you realize at that moment when you have to check your sugar, 10 minutes later, they will be checking theirs. Then, they will pull out your pump, only to remind you to check yours. It's weird seeing a somewhat similar reflection of yourself - something you don't see often!