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Guest Post: Brought Together by Baby Ruth.

I love this post, and the fact that candy bars can be used for good.  Today, Tracy Friend, a fellow person with diabetes who travels and brings along her diabetes goodies by the purse-full, shares a story today about the power of meeting another PWD in the wild, and the compassion found therein.

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Tracy's lovely head.We love to travel. And being a PWD, I am always excited when I see someone with that tell-tale tubing, another ‘borg’ like me. Like Kerri has posted before, there’s an instant connection – a shared organ or something like that that just draws me to these other unknown (but soon to be known) PWDs.

This Christmas break I took my boys to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see money being made. (It’s pretty cool, by the way!) We stood in line in the cold for a while before getting inside. Once inside we had to traverse the obligatory Federal building obstacle – the security scanner. I had left my purse in the car trunk, and only had my jacket on, but alas – I had more! Like Batman, who carries tools on his belt, I too had tools. An insulin pump and a CGMS. I left the CGMS in my pocket (I know, I know – but I like to see if it can get through undetected!) and pulled out my pump.

“I have an insulin pump.” I announced, holding it up. The security person paused for a moment, then looked around. Nearby another security person looked up, attentatively.

“That’s okay. I have one too. She’s fine.” Then he came over to say hello. As I tucked the tubing back into my pocket, he told me he had the same kind, an Animas Ping. I asked him what color he had. “Blue” Mine is pink. That’s okay. He’s a boy, I’m a girl. 

I then whipped out my secret tool. The one that had passed through undetected. (It’ll be a good tool for my belt arsenal!) The new Dexcom CGMS.

“Have you seen this?”

“No, I don’t have one of those yet.” Then he looked closer. My Dex was showing 78 mg/dL. (Cue dramatic music) “Hey, do you have some snacks with you?”

I had left my purse in the car. My trusty boy, who always has snacks, (that he regularly shares with his mom) was out of stock!

“No, I’ll be okay. The tour’s not very long,” I replied, acting more confident that I was.

Bonding over Baby Ruths“No, you need something. Hold on. I’ve got some.”  Then he went over and took a candy bar out of his bag.

“No, really, I’ll be okay.” I insisted.

“No, you’d better take a couple.” And so I did. I ate the Baby Ruths surreptitiously while we waited for our tour to start. It was a huge blessing. Within 5 minutes, while waiting for the tour, I was at a 67 mg/dL. (Apparently DC traffic was a little more stressful that I had imagined.)

The tour went very well and I look forward to going back, and seeing my friend again someday. I am so thankful for this wonderful man, his generosity, and the mechanical organ that we share that brought us and his Baby Ruths together.

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Sometimes, as people living with diabetes, we run into situations and people that are challenging and difficult.  But other times, we find kindred spirits and kindness the most unexpected moments.  Thanks for sharing this one, Tracy.

Her bio:  Tracy Friend is a mom first. Then a project manager, and an emergency management professional. She worries about a lot, but enjoys a lot too. Life is too short to worry too much! She was diagnosed with “the beast” a month prior to her 18th birthday. She looked upon it as a challenge – what things can I have – not not have!
Several countries, four kids, and an amazing husband later, she still has her quirky sense of humor about her. You can read her sometimes regular blog at The Virginian Times. You can also check out her latest adventure – app development at Don't Forget Your List!


I loved reading this! Meeting other T1's in the wild is awesome! Not something that happens to me often but it is totally cool when it does.

This is my favorite type of story; the kind where I can imagine my own two girls managing on their own - with a little help from their friends! Thanks for sharing:)

This is great! Thanks for sharing!!

A rarity, for sure: diabetes equipment sparking friendship instead of friction with security personnel. Great to hear about, thanks.

Great Friday post! Now I'm kicking myself that I've never been down to the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. Thanks for sharing.

Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

This is cute! I agree, meeting another diabetic in the wild is great. :D

Hi Tracey,
Living is not about us and is more about the people that we touch. Thanks for a good story about real people helping each other. As always have a great day.

A few months ago, not long after my then 3 year old daughter started pumping, we were at a local grocery store. She was standing next to me and took off like a crazy kid. I went running after her and she ran up to a young man probably 21/22 years old and she kept pointing to his belt. I looked and saw he had an insulin pump. She kept telling him you are like me!! You are like me!! He asked her quizically what she meant. Then she pulled her pump out from under her shirt and showed him. I apologized for bothering him and he laughed and said it was perfectly ok and that he was happy to see he's not alone in the world of pumping too and took a few minutes to talk to my baby girl about his pump. It was awesome. She hugged him goodbye. He hugged her back. I almost cried because she was so happy to see someone else just like her.

I love this story.

This is so great. So, so great. :)

when our daughter was still on shots (about a year into our dx) we were between flights and shooting her up in the bathroom at the airport and a stranger from the wild came up to us and showed us her pump and told us her D story. i still remember my daughters reaction of happy surprise and how excited she was when she called daddy to tell him all about the experience! we live in a very rural area and she didn't meet another diabetic (besides hubby, gramps and uncle, all T1) till that lady and then the next time was when she went to Dcamp last summer! awesome to meet kindred folk "in the wild"!!

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