A few months ago, I was sitting in my sociology class' review session (we had a big midterm exam the next day) and all of a sudden I heard the familiar sounds of a zipper, a popping vial, and a needle poke. The girl that was sitting right next to me was checking her blood sugar.
I go to UW-Madison, where there are over 40,000 students. Since I've been trying for over a YEAR to start a student organization advocacy group on campus, it was incredibly exciting to see someone else going through the same things I go through on a daily basis. My cheeks even got flushed and I felt really nervous, from being so excited. I didn't ask her about joining my advocacy group (which I wish I should've done, now), but shortly after she tested, I whipped out my checker and repeated the zip-pop-click that has become so familiar. I secretly hoped she'd notice and perhaps say something, or even smile at me, but she didn't.
More recently, I have been trying to connect with my diabetic peers through facebook group invitations, a website called collegediabetesnetwork.com, and a mass email to my anatomy class. I haven't had much success in drawing diabetic members with facebook or collegediabetesnetwork, but I actually received a response to the mass email I sent (the email contained a video pertaining to world diabetes day) from a diabetic girl, saying "This is such a great video! I was diagnosed when I was 10." You can imagine how excited I was, having elicited a response from a 500 student class size..I figured SOMEBODY else HAD to be diabetic. I responded quickly, telling her about my group (in a non-threatening and enthusiastic way), to which I received no response. I'm starting to think that even the diabetics that I DO manage to find don't have as much passion for advocacy or interest in diabetic news as I do.
Has anyone else felt like this?
I am running out of ideas to connect with other diabetics face to face. I am so happy I found juvenation and collegediabetesnetwork, but I want diabetic confidants; classmates, friends.