A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend has lived them with you!
For those of us that find a best friend in life, we know the value of having that special person. As we get older, we grow more and more appreciation for this person as you realize just how much of an important role they've played in your life and continue to play, through not only the good, but also the painful moments.
I am lucky. I am lucky that I found my best friend in my late teens, just a couple years before being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, before the really, really bad breakups and before the more positive things in my life, graduating, moving into my own home, getting my puppy and of course now as I embark on the next chapter of my life, marriage! I am happy because this person has gotten me through all these moments, good and bad, she has been there right beside me.
For those that have followed my blog since the beginning, you will recognize the name, Michelle. That is because she literally has embraced every moment of this journey I am on. She walked the diabetes walks, she sat in the audience during my speeches, she's carried glucose tabs in her purse and she's fed me while I was on the floor in a really bad low. She was there when I was first diagnosed and she continues to be supportive in all that I do. I know, as my maid of honour, she will likely being bolusing, treating and checking in on me on my wedding day.
For those of us with any kind of illness, we know that it can be hard sometimes to find the time for friends, or to keep up friendships. Showing your appreciation for those that have seen it all, is so incredibly important.