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.

He remembered my swag

My first experience with diabetes conference SWAG * (Stuff We All Get) was at Friends for Life 2008. I came home with a large bag full of free stuff from various pharmaceutical companies and other vendors, but once I sorted through all of it, a small pen became my absolute favorite item. When I got my fancy camera, it was even one of my first subjects.

simple wins swag

I was devastated when I broke the pen a few months later. I searched and searched online, but by then Nick Jonas had replaced the “simple wins.” There was no way, simple or complicated, for me to get a new pen.

favorite pharma friend 2011.
I was telling my sad tale to a representative from that pharmaceutical company at Friends for Life in 2011. I was lamenting the change in company branding more than anything else. That’s when I was so surprised when he made his offer.

The rep told me to come back the next day and he would have something for me. You can tell how excited I was by what he found in the corner of the trunk of his car.


I’m taking much better care of this pen. It sits high on a shelf and I only use it to fill out important diabetes-related paperwork. Mostly I just stare at it in joy and appreciation.

favorite pharma friend 2013.

Last week I was walking through the exhibit hall and a familiar face caught my eye. As I approached, he spotted me too. “I don’t have any more pens for you.”

I guess having an obsession with a conference giveaway pen makes you pretty easy to remember.



* In the diabetes world, SWAG also stands for Scientific Wild A&$ Guess. If you haven’t seen our dictionary, check it out here.


  • Alanna says:

    haha, that first picture of you, you look SO stoked to get that pen. I love it!

    August 14, 2013 at 5:58 am
  • katy says:

    This could be made into a romantic comedy.

    August 14, 2013 at 6:08 am
  • Shannon says:

    That’s awesome. I get attached to some pens, too. Glad to know I’m in good company 😉

    August 14, 2013 at 10:20 am
  • Alecia says:

    Well, it does look like a cool pen and you look super happy. xo

    August 15, 2013 at 4:58 am
  • Scott E says:

    Cool pen, cool photos, and cool pharmaceutical rep (for a cool company – I see the logo on his shirt). But I wish you had switched positions in that final photo so his head would’ve obstructed that green and white logo in the background….

    August 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm
  • Brian says:

    Yeah, you only politely asked him for this pen once. No, there was no stalking or harassing involved in anyway shape or form. Nope, not at all…

    August 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

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