Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Guest post – Wonderful Ninja Moments

I just got home from spending a week in New York with family while we celebrated my grandma’s 85th birthday. When this post publishes, I will have arrived home just a few hours before and will likely be curled up in my bed fast asleep.

Better late than never, Ninjabetic George is the last of my friends helping me out with a guest post. The first time George and I met was shortly after the first version of the iPhone came out when I was visiting California from my home in Florida, even though we lived about 20 minutes away from each other for many years. Here is George’s favorite “Moment of Wonderful” that he has experienced either because of or despite diabetes. Enjoy!

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My Moment of Wonderful because of diabetes is a weekend full of wonderful!

When I decided to raise money and create a team for the JDRF walk last year I had no clue how it would end up. It was in April when I started looking at the dates of local walks and found that there was a walk happening on my diaversary – the day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes – and this year was going to be my 20 year anniversary.

Leave it to me to go big.

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So I got on the horn (read: online) and let the troops (read: DOC) know that I was going to set up a team and throw a big party afterwards to celebrate living and fighting this dumb disease for 20 years.

To this day I cannot believe that Scott, Sara, Lee Ann, Melissa, Dayle, Chris, Suzanne, and my Mom all flew out to be there for the party and walk.

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There was a sea of “Team Ninjabetic” shirts everywhere you looked at the walk. I was so proud and touched to have such an awesome turn out. We raised a lot of money and had a ton of fun!

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After the walk most everyone went to a park near by where I rented a hall for the party. Food, Prizes, and band were all there to make the party awesome. My sister and her family decorated and had everything ready to go. It was awesome.

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That weekend was filled with hanging out with my friends and having a blast despite some disease. We drank lots of diet sodapop, laughed way too much, and just had a blast.

Thank you for everyone who was a part of the weekend and thank you Sara for letting me remember this awesome day yet again!

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  • Sue/RFamHere says:

    George, thanks for sharing. What an amazing weekend that must have been! I’m glad you shared the video, too. I love that song! I keep trying to make it to one of the local ADA walks (not so local, all around 3 hrs away), but family commitments take priority. Luckily the DOC helps with my feelings of isolation as a PWD.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:27 am
  • Stacey D. says:

    That is just so much awesome in one weekend! I wish I could have been there but am so glad you got to experience something that wonderful G! (and everyone else) My 30th d-versary is this year and am trying to think of something to plan. It won’t be as big as your shin-dig I know that lol Way to live it up and give back at the same time 🙂

    July 27, 2011 at 9:38 am
  • tmana says:

    A number of local STARFLEET chapters team up to do the JDRF walk each October. We’re a small group, but have been known to have fun at Tiffany’s for hours afterwards. I did my first ADA Tour de Cure ride on my 50th birthday — my first half-century ride, as well — and had a blast. The local tour organizer and I milked the “50 for Fifty” theme for all it was worth. Haven’t done one of these as a DOC team yet, though…

    July 27, 2011 at 11:09 am
  • shannon says:

    love it love it love it! 🙂

    July 27, 2011 at 11:37 am
  • Scott K. Johnson says:

    This was one of the best weekends of my life. Second only to my wedding… 🙂

    July 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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