Monday, August 18, 2008
So another year at the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp for Children with Diabetes has come and gone. It always takes so long to get here, and then with the snap of a finger it's gone again. But only 50 more weeks until the 2009 edition.
DH came with three new t-shirts (all of which are on our site). Chris even got in the mix and wore his shirts proudly all week. But for us, it was a lot more than getting out there and showing off a few new designs. Tyler and I have been going out to the small logging town of Vernonia (just outside of Portland, OR) for the last 11 years. Tyler said it best when he described our time at Dudley as: "our life with diabetes - we don't know diabetes without this camp." And it's the truth.
As we've grown older, it's great to go back and see our friends every year. Since we have a continent between us (gets tough on us east coasters), this is the one time of the year that we get to see everyone. And there were plenty of surprises all week long.
First off, there weather - never better. Sunny everyday, and the courts heated up to about 85 degrees with zero humidity by 11 am. For a guy living in muggy Florida right now, nothing has ever felt better. Tyler, for his part, got into the warm weather feel with a retro-fitted style - rocking the reissued Oakley Frogskins. I got my tank tops out and helped our boy Chris Yost with his dance version of The Shower while the Burns Family Band rocked the campers out.
What this camp does so well is bring a great sense of community to all its participants. The coaches get to disperse wisdom in all things hoops and the kids take it in. But what always surprises me, year after year, is how much the staff seems to take from the attitudes of the kids. By the end of the week, ten year olds are high fiving 17 year olds, who are high fiving 37 year olds. Everyone just gets along. They don't take the week, or each other, for granted. The kids get a different outlook on life with diabetes, and the coaches (if they ever get the chance to coach a kid who's diabetic) won't even blink an eye.
That's why diabeteshappens makes the trip west every summer. It feels like a modern edition of manifest destiny, coast to coast we're taking over. Diabetics getting together, learning from each other, and having the understanding that life with the 'betes is alright. We never would have been able to go there if it wasn't for this things called diabetes mellitus type 1. We're pretty thankful for having it. We would have missed out on a ton of great friendships otherwise.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
sorry it's been so long since we've been around. end of semesters and the finding of new jobs makes it somewhat difficult to keep up the blogging. diabeteshappens had the great pleasure of making a trip out to utah with diabetic hosses insulindependence at the end of may though. the trip was amazing, and we got to meet a whole new crew of diabetics from all over america. hopefully you've seen this pics posted on our sight.
but more importantly, and i have no idea why we haven't posted on any of this yet, was the release from rapper shawty lo's rep that the rapper has diabetes, not hiv. Apparently, speculation arose when lo lost weight and had a stomach ache. neither disease is anything to scoff at, but for shawty's sake were are glad that it's the 'betes. we at diabeteshappens would like to be the first to welcome shawty into the ranks with non-functioning pancreases.
he joins fellow hip hopper and former wu tang clan member ghostface killah as embassadors of the disease in the rap community, and can now, amazingly, be connected to the likes of the jonas brothers, bret michaels, elliot yamin and the pump girls.
diabetes really does bring people together.