May 4, 2011
Hmmmmm…..where to start???? I’m not even sure. I have so much going through my head and I’m still reeling from this past weekend’s Weekend for Women Conference in Raleigh, NC. Furthermore, as you can tell by how late this post is, I am swamped with follow-up from the Conference. The website is also going to be undergoing some major changes soon, so that is another time-consuming task that is/will continue to take up a significant amount of my time.
However, I do want to say thank you to all of the volunteers and speakers at the Conference. In particular, Gloria Loring and Ann Albright went above and beyond my expectations. Heck…Gloria actually spent the whole weekend with the Sisterhood. On Saturday night, she joined us for the Celebration of Strength Dinner Program and kept the party going at the end with a conga line, hula hooping to the music, and her rendition of “We Are Family.” It was phenomenal to be in that room on Saturday night…something you can’t describe in words because it was so impactful and meaningful. One of the best memories of my life…because it was truly a dream come true to be in a room full of women with diabetes who were happy and confident in their diabetes. I felt so powerful as I danced around the room and looked at the smiling faces. Powerful because we were a ‘real sisterhood’—the kind you read about-- and it was so clear in those moments. I have no doubt that this group of women could accomplish ANYTHING we put our minds to!
Gloria Loring and me (My dress was really orange, but it came out pink in the photos?!?!)
Another favorite experience from the weekend was the orange:will walk on Sunday morning. The morning air was so refreshing. Seeing so many people, not just women attending the conference, but the local community and the spouses and children of women attending the conference creating a sea of orange shirts, was just….inspiring, No, it was actually more than “inspiring”, maybe breathtaking is a better word. Like I said, it’s so hard to put this experience into words. We started the walk off by releasing orange balloons and we ended the walk with recognition from Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker of the City of Raleigh’s proclamation of May 1, 2011 as ORANGE WILL EMPOWER WOMEN WITH DIABETES DAY. There is no doubt that you will hear more from me about the conference over the next few weeks and months as I process all that occurred this past weekend.
You can also check out the numerous other overviews that have been written by bloggers who attended the conference. I think Allison Blass’ overview provides an in-depth look of what to expect at a Weekend for Women Conference: