As you would expect with any conference about diabetes, FFL had an expo hall with vendor booths. It was a great opportunity to see new technology, meet people who's job it is to support those living with or caring for someone with D, and get some cool free stuff....oh, you know that's what we all love most about vendor booths! ;)
One of our stops, was of course, the Omnipod booth. We had a great time chatting with the staff and sharing our love for the pod and how it's made managing Bean's insulin needs easier.
During one of our visits to the booth (it was located in a spot we passed several times!) we heard "It's BEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" in a very excited, quite loud voice as one of the Insulet reps came
As Matt reached us, he was beaming from ear to ear, saying, "You're Bean! You're Bean!" and took Bean by the hands and they started jumping up and down together. It was, honestly, the most amazing thing to see someone so excited to meet her.
He went on introduce himself (he did kinda attack my child...'attack' being used in the best possible connotation of the word! ;)) and explain that he uses Bean's 'You Can Do This' video (see left side of blog for her video) in his training sessions and quoted his (and my) favorite line that Bean says..."There's nothing you can't do, except produce insulin and that is NOT a big deal!"
It was amazing to stand there watching this grown man get tears in his eyes talking about how much Bean and her video has helped him help his staff understand why they do what they do at Insulet.
He asked if he could take a picture with Bean (of course!!) and was super excited to be able to email it to his coworkers to brag that he had gotten to meet Bean! It was like watching a kid at Christmas.
I can't remember how it came about, but Bean ended up signing one of the fold up frisbees they were giving away at the booth for him and he promptly put it in his pocket for safe keeping.
It was amazing hearing how something we had done to help those living with D was also helping those whose job it is to make products for those living with D. To know that Bean's words had made such an impact was such a proud and humbling moment for me. Yeah, I know people read my blog and people watch the YCDT video, but I had no idea how much of an impact those words have had.
As we were walking out of the hall, Bean said "That was so cool! And you know what? I don't think that will be the last frisbee I'll sign in my life!"
Yeah, I think this kid is going places...and she'll be taking D along with her for the ride!!