As you likely know, I had the honor of attending the second Roche Social Media Summit on June 29, traveling to Orlando to meet some of my fellow Diabetes Online Community members for the first time. But before I found myself Leaving On a Jet Plane for that trip, there was some fun "You've Got Mail" action that brightened the day and added coolness to my D-World:
- From Boston With Love... You may recall that I celebrated my 25 years of Living With Diabetes in the spring of 2009, and was eligible to receive the quarter-century recognitions given out by both Eli Lilly (in Indy) and Joslin Diabetes Center (in Boston). My mom, who has been Type 1 since the age of 5 and has celebrated her own half-century Diaversary, told me about the two awards and suggested I apply. So, last summer I vowed to pursue these awards. Well, it took longer than that and I really didn't get around to getting all the letters and needed documentation until this summer. The one or two page applications aren't all that burdensome, it was just a matter of getting some letters from current and former Endos and those who could speak about my initial diagnosis back in 1984. Finally getting all that was needed by mid-June, I mailed off the materials to both places and prepped for at least a month of waiting before hearing anything. But as it turned out, Joslin took MUCH less time and quickly sent out my cool 25-year personalized certificate. It came in a red certificate holder and complimented my chronic condition care that had someone gotten me to this point where I could receive some type of recognition for it. It's got the signature on it from Dr. Kenneth E. Quickel, President and CEO, and briefly delves into the history of the award dating back to 1948 before congratulating and sending "best wishes for continued good health." A cool bonus is that it's dated June 22, which happens to be my D-Mom's birthday! That's awesome timing, I think. Now, I'm just waiting on the medal from Lilly to complete my 25-year set of honors!
- Carb-Free Cupcakes from Cara, over at Every Day Ever Hour. You may recall that she had a contest. A fun contest, where you could win awesome Carb-Free Cupcakes. Actually, they are not yummy eat-them-up cupcakes like the ones Cherise has become a master at making. Rather, they're cupcake-shaped crayons made by Gaddy Nipper Crayons. Apparently, I had made a comment on one of Cara's blog posts and been entered into a contest where she later pulled my name from a hat - the prize being these crayon cupcakes. The cute little care package arrived by mail and I got a picture message from home that they'd arrived! It was an awesome gift, so thank you so much for the AWEsomeness, Cara! You rock.
This experience was an award in itself and as good as a cupcake (or bacon), and it's already evolving into more awesome meetings as we're hoping to setup an Indiana D-Meetup next weekend when Sarah Jane comes through the state to visit. Community is what it's all about, online and offline, and these gifts and friendships are some key points that make it all worth doing.
Of course, this story wouldn't be complete with an additional tale about The Shadow Cat. Obviously feeling neglected and not part of the Community, Shadow apparently decided at some point to interject herself into this whole crazy Diabetes Community and make her presence known. First, she has more frequently been stationing herself next to or on top of my laptop keyboard - an apparent attempt to communicate with Siah about World Domination. Secondly, on my first real day of relaxation on Saturday (post-Roche), I awoke and stumbled downstairs to find:
Psychedelic, Mayflower-Fish Friskies Commercial. We should be afraid, very afraid. But at least, we'll be an award-winning Community complete with Cupcakes and Fun Adventures as we endure the Cat Wars. At least.
Thanks, Shadow, for bringing it all together for the weekend.