This headline caused one of two reactions when you saw it; “WHAT!!!!! What is going on?” or you said to yourself “What does CWD mean?”
Well my answer pertains to both groups. The meaning of the headline for those who know what CWD means is to imagine what your life would be without it. And there is a reason I am asking you to do that which I will explain in a minute.
To those who do not know; CWD is the Children with Diabetes and the FFL is their Friends for Life Conference held annually in Orlando Florida.
As I start to get myself ready to head to this year’s CWD FFL conference, I find myself imagining what my life would be like if this great group of people were not in my life. Not just the people who lead this organization, but the people I have met over the years who have become real treasures. The people who are friends since the frist ‘get together’ in 2000 and the many I have met since.
Plain truth is; I can’t imagine. There is not an aspect of diabetes in our household that has not been impacted by things we have learned and people we have met. There is no substitution for meeting, and being with, people from all around the country who are going through what we are going through.
Those who know need no explanation; those that don’t understand, try as they may, just never will. They can’t. To be with over 3000 people who all ‘get it’ is a pretty amazing feeling.
I have called upon and been called upon so many times that I could never count. We do because we know what it is like to be at a certain point in our lives. We have learned, loved, lost, hurt, educated, laughed, observed, balanced, enjoyed, challenged, and even cried a few tears together.
My saying has always been to beg, borrow, or steal BUT GET to this conference. You can learn more by clicking here. Some really inspirational people will be presenting and attending this year, click the link and find out. CWD FFL deals with the ENTIRE family dynamic; both collectively and individually.
I still like the mom’s response who stated she thought it would be this very impersonal large conference but it was completely the opposite. I suggest you get down there…..you will be glad you did….spend some time on the pages learning about it.
Each year I think of the tens of thousands of people who have attended this conference and how they have shared the fact that their lives have been changed. I am one of those people.
I am proud to say that I am a CWD dad. Find out for yourself what that means and hopefully we will meet this year in Orlando.
I am a diabetes dad.
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