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Friends For Life, Round 2!

I’m traveling to the Friends for Life Conference in Orlando this week.  I’m looking forward to it with excitement this year as opposed to the trepidation from last year.

To be honest with you, I don’t feel that I really participated or benefited as much as I could have without that trepidation, yet it was a rewarding enough experience to want to do it all over again.  I think I was still not quite “comfortable enough in my own skin” to really want to truly participate, so we’ll see how this all progresses.

I’ve caught up with some some old friends, made a few new ones.  I even spent a few hours last night to just sit by myself, watch some bad tv and browse some on the web.  I hate to say that Morpheus was right, again, but she was. I needed sometime totally to myself where I wasn’t either responsible to or responsible for someone else.

I knew that I needed some decompression, but after just 24 hours I am starting to realize how much I truly did need it.  I’m going to have to  work these types of things in more somehow and I’ll probably write a more detailed account of this later, I would think that it would apply to any long-term caregiver

I really haven’t written much the past few weeks, there’s really been quite a bit of emotional turmoil (normal life hooey) and therapy has started touching on things that go past the diabetes baggage of shame and failure… things that involve other people in my life and I will probably never blog publicly about, tho I have chatted with a few friends here about..

Well that’s enough for now… have a great week!

Disclaimer:  I personally paid for all expenses involved in attending Friends For Life, including plane tickets, registration, hotel, and food.  I was not asked to blog about the event, and all opinions are my own.

© 2012 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

  • Mike

    Thanks for this post, Scott. I’m with you, in needing to work myself into these situations and meetups more often. It feels the same way for me quite a bit, that I’m really just not comfortable in my skin and trying to find myself more than anything else. Maybe it’s the cynicism and pessimism coming back, after being suppressed by “DOC love” for a while… and it’s simply me coming to terms with reality and balancing everything out. Who knows. I know that reading your blog helps put my own feelings into words sometimes, and helps me get away from my own thoughts – even those that surface when I’m in larger group settings and surrounded by those who are more personable. Have a great time down there, seeing everyone and having a great time.

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