You might not believe it, but I was no where near as outgoing before my diagnosis as I am now. I was something of a loner, or a hermit if you will. I was OK with that. And I certainly never thought about traveling to meet people that I met online. That was just out of the question.
My diagnosis with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure changed all of that. My search for knowledge and support lead me to the Diabetes Online Community and all of the wonderful people whom I now call my friends.
I’ve not met many of my D-OC buddies in person, but have grown close enough to consider them like family. I do, though, feel quite blessed to have had in person meetups with a few of them. Good times. 🙂
My brush with death has taught me that I truly have nothing to lose, yet everything to gain, by reaching out to others. And through it all, I’ve relearned the value of having loving and supportive friends.
Thanks to diabetes, I now have more of them than I can count. 🙂