Saturday, November 25, 2006

The "Win Win"

Back in July, I wrote a post about searching for purpose.

That post was harder to read then it was to write. I look at it now and tears of relief fill my eyes because a very small but important purpose has shown itself to me.

Last Wednesday I met with a representative of the JDRF chapter here in Orange County. She brought me a “Teen Pack” for me to give to “M.” We had been emailing each other for a few weeks now and finally had a chance to hook up on my lunch hour.

The “Teen Pack” was filled with books, info, a BG kit, and a Teddy Bear that made me well up when I saw it. We talked about M and how he was doing. She was very upbeat, funny, and cool. We hit it off immediately. We swapped diagnosis stories which I find really interesting but seems kind of strange when you think about it, and she commented on how my diagnosis at 17 seemed worse to her then her diagnosis at 11. I thought the opposite.

I think people do that a lot. I tend to always think that it could be worse. “You should be happy with your life no matter what.” I almost scold myself. It could be worse! I always feel bad for others and not myself.

So, I told her about my new attitude this year. I told her about being a Born Again Diabetic and I told her all about all the OC and you guys! She thought that was cool and I told her, everyone in the OC is cool, duh!

I explained how I have been wanted to find a way to help other diabetics. She suggested one way that I could get involved with what she does.

When a newly diagnosed child’s family contacts the JDRF, she gets someone in the area to make contact with them. Let them know that they are not alone and take them a “Bag of Hope” or a “Teen Pack” and info about the JDRF. She told me that she would add me to her roster if I was interested.

I told her, “PLEASE add me to that list! I have wanted to get involved and this sounds great!”

She also talked to me about their Gala event and golf tournament that I could also help out with.

It was really a great meeting. I am excited about this new way that I can help.

I took that “Teen Pack” to church on Sunday to “M” and his family. His mom was so appreciative and said, “You have been such a great help. We are very blessed to have you in our lives.”

I told her how this whole situation got me in touch with the JDRF and how it has helped me as much as it has helped “M.” She agreed and was excited to check out the stuff with “M.”

That my friends is what is called a “Win-Win!”


Vivian said...

Super George - Have we told you lately how awesome you are? I am glad you are finding your way to the giving circle. It is a great place to be.

Katie Mae said...

George I just wanted to thank you for everything you are doing for my brother and my family. You've been a real help. Thank you! =)

caramaena said...

What a 'giving' person you are :)

Good on you!

Scott K. Johnson said...

I think that's a GREAT idea!!! You would be a wonderful "first contact" type of dude.

Rock On SuperGeorge!!

Jamie said...

That is fabulous George! I'm glad you got involved. Honestly, when you or your child is first diagnosed, you feel so alone. Talking to someone who lives with Type 1 helps so much.

Thank you!

Minnesota Nice said...

George, that is so fabulously cool - I love it!

Kevin said...

Way to go!
That sounds like a great program (and a great new person getting involved with it too).

Kerri. said...

You are something else, SuperG. What a blessing you must be to their family, and to your own.

Kelsey said...

That's a perfect way to get involved!

Can't wait to hear about your experiences helping the newly diagnosed.


MileMasterSarah said...

oh man this is an awesome idea! I think even I would be interested in doing this!

Chris said...

Im calling our JDRF right after this comment. What an awesome thing your doing.
You are inspiring!

Paul Foreman said...

Hi George, Fantastic idea! Well done! It is just the perfect support for anyone newly diagnosed - I rememebr how lonely it was for me and I really would have found it supportive to have someone there to talk to...I wish you well and applaude your efforts...Best wishes from Paul the Smiling Diabetic in England