This morning I had the pleasure of going to the JDRF breakfast for the Ride to Cure, as I am the adult ambassador this year. It was an early start to the day at 7:45 a.m at the Hilton, but totally worth getting up for. I was speaking at this event followed by the teen ambassador who is an avid soccer player. He talked about his diagnosis and how he faithfully stuck with his soccer career despite the aggravation that diabetes can bring about.
After the plates were cleaned off and the speeches were finished I stood around a bit to get to know some of the people that were in attendance. One thing I have learned is that everyone has an awesome story to tell. The average business man has a great story about his hiking trips in B.C and the older women in the back has some awesome words of wisdom to share. All we have to do is take the time to listen and get to know the people around us.
One mother of a diabetic girl came up to me to tell me how much of an inspiration I am. First of all, to hear those words really touch my heart. Living with diabetes daily, doing what I do, it's hard to imagine the inspiration within it, yet when parents, diabetics and friends give me compliments and encouraging words, I take them for everything they are.
The mother explained to me that when her daughter was diagnosed she was upset that she could possibly not live to her full potential. She as her mother, loved kayaking and hiking and was worried that if her daughter had similar interested as her, she would never get to really be wild, free and have fun. She told me that she loved seeing and hearing me speak because it gave her that light again that reminded her that her daughter could do whatever she wanted to do.
She was worried about when she was older, she worried about going to the bars and other young adult activities, but she knew that it wasn't impossible for her daughter to be just like the crowd, that sticking out wasn't going to be because of her diabetes, but because she is unique. It's that wonderful.