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  1. Babs
    Babs October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | | Reply

    Just sayin’, there may or may not be tears on my cheek right now.
    Thanks for your very kind words! Love you Grrrrl!

  2. Heather
    Heather October 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm | | Reply

    Awww, you made me cry at work. Miss you!!!

  3. Jess
    Jess October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | | Reply

    and i should not have read this at work! lots of crying over here.

    this weekend was a spiritual experience. i think that’s the best way i’ve heard anyone describe it. wow.

    i am SO HAPPY that you came! and i feel so blessed to have you for a friend. not an online friend, but a real, true friend. Miss you! <3

  4. Michele Bowen
    Michele Bowen October 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm | | Reply

    Sorry I didn’t get to meet you – but when Jess said ‘Victoria’ – I said – Alabama? Jess did warn me I’d cry – but she forgot she took the last of the tissues and all I have is paper towels! Spiritual is the way I’d describe this all – the weekend, your friendships, the love and acceptance. God is present.

  5. Kim
    Kim October 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm | | Reply

    This is so beautifully written, and you can guess what my eyes did as I read it. Meeting you was one of my favorite parts of the trip!

  6. Michael Hoskins
    Michael Hoskins October 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | | Reply

    This is great, my fellow journalist! I loved it all. Read it outloud to Suzi, and couldn’t even continue and finish without getting all choked up. What an honor to meet and share stories with you, and to just see your personality and awesomeness up close and personal. Truly a privilege, and I can’t wait to we get that chance again… This community is so incredible and life-shaping, and it’s so great to be a part of it. Thanks for sharing this, Victoria.

  7. Jeff
    Jeff October 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm | | Reply

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this post. Lisa and I were so happy to meet you, Simon, and every one else at Simonpalooza. It was a great time, and you’ve really captured the blissed-out state I’ve been in since.

  8. Kerri.
    Kerri. October 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm | | Reply

    This is truly a beautiful post, Victoria. Thank you for peeling back this whole experience to the core. Beautiful!

  9. shannon
    shannon October 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm | | Reply

    awwwwwwwwesome! great pics and words to go with them! i wanna hear the bride story!

  10. Sara
    Sara October 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm | | Reply

    Love you Victoria!

    I was feeling pretty discouraged before this weekend, and I feel like I have a new lease on life and diabetes management.

    P.S. I don’t think my voice has ever been described as meek 😉

  11. Kelly Rawlings
    Kelly Rawlings October 13, 2011 at 6:40 am | | Reply

    I love the universal sign for hashtagit! It was great to meet you, Victoria. Looking forward to the next meet-up so we have more time to chat. Thank you for capturing the entire experience in some very lovely words. You wrangle T-shirts like no one else & you rock!

  12. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell October 13, 2011 at 6:50 am | | Reply

    Wow, what a wonderful post. Thanks for filling in parts of the weekend for me. I’m sniffing here at work as I read it, the DOC rocks!

  13. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson October 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | | Reply

    Spending time together with people living with diabetes is one of the greatest gifts.

    There is a level of connection that is indescribable. Heather and I were talking on the way home about how that connection lets us skip so much of the “getting to know you” phase of friendship. We move right into the true friendship.

    Simon also talked about bearing our scars and talking about the many tough things about our lives with diabetes. We know we don’t have to pretend with each other. And we are all so willing to be there for any of our family that needs us.

    I will travel the world for moments like I experienced during this time together. And you, Victoria, were a big part of that for me. I’m so glad you came, that I was able to meet you (and give you a big happy greeting hug!) and hang out. You’re a gem. Can’t wait for our paths to cross again.

    And thanks for writing such a great post about it.

  14. Cara
    Cara October 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful post. Simonpalooza NYC was pretty amazing as well. This whole experience was something I’ll never forget.

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