Chance meeting

There is one thing about having diabetes that I do like.  There are a lot of negative things to say about it of course but the one thing I like is that I get to meet some amazing people through sharing the bond of having diabetes.

It is very similar to the bond that triathletes have with one another although this group of people (triathlete diabetics) is a minute subset of this larger group which makes it even more special.

Today, I walked into Element Multisport to register for a triathlon next weekend (look for a new race report next weekend!).  I overheard one of our coaches Ed, who works there, in the bike fitting area. There is no mistaking that booming voice.  So I pop my head in to say hello.  He is in the middle of fitting a girl for her new bike.  Well this is not just any girl, this is a girl with type 1 diabetes who also does triathlons!  What are the chances of that!  So we chatted for a while talking about our pumps, the dexcom, swimming and running.  As it turns out the diabetic triathlete world is small, she knew of my team wild friends Lyndsay, Lorrie and Susie!   I knew right then that I had met a new friend. We exchange numbers she went back to bike fitting and I went to register for my race.  I left the store a richer person, loving that the ‘betes has allowed me to meet such great people. How lucky am i?!


About Gillian

I am a type 1 diabetic diagnosed at the age of 30. I run marathons, participate in bike races , ironman triathlons and everything in between.
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