While we are on vacation I gave Kelly a call to see if we could get together and finally meet face to face. I wanted to actually meet her and I really wanted Grace to meet her. Kelly was all for it and hopped in her car and drove on over to meet us. I cannot tell you how delighted I was.
Can I tell you how fabulous Kelly is? She is smart, funny, warm, genuine, cut-the-crap honest and a hoot to boot. Grace fell in some serious 'like' with her. They chatted, laughed, they teased each other and underneath it all, they found a connection that two T1s can have, no matter what the age difference.
When Grace was first diagnosed, I went online and tried to find information. You know, the Google-race to see how much one can digest before one wants to literally throw up on the computer, then throw the computer out the window. That kind of information. I found tons about Type 1. Information that is.
Then I found Diabetesaliciousness. I read every blog she wrote. I laughed, I cried, I thought about my gal. I sent Kelly a one year Diaversary card, to thank her for helping me on this journey. She did, she just never knew how much. Maybe she still doesn't. It's hard to tell someone that they saved part of your life.
Here was a T1 woman who was strong, confident, healthy, taking it all in stride, humorous and was living her life with T1 and saying that if you were T1, you should too. It was all I wanted for Grace. I wanted to envision her grown, and strong, and confident and healthy and taking it all in stride and living her life. Kelly became part of my vision for Grace. The hell with the naysayers and the cure basket people and the ones who say she 'can't' and 'won't' - here she was. Literal proof that we could get there.
Kelly is all that.
Grace is, and can be, all that too.
I have proof.