I’m back from another whirlwind adventure. This time, a trip to the Children With Diabetes: Friends For Life 2011 conference. Or as I like to call it, “Diabetesland.” The week was absolutely incredible, spending days and nights with people with diabetes…just like me.

It. Was. Awesome! I have a lot of stories and information to share from the Friends For Life experience, but first I want to recap an event that was eight months in the making.

D-Coaster Day 2011 (JPG)

On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, nearly two dozen people who share their lives with diabetes joined together for the first ever D-Coaster Day, inspired by those days that are spent on the glucoaster with our blood sugars going up, down, and all around. Except this day was way more fun. WAY more fun!

2011 D-Coaster Day at Disney's Magic Kingdom
Kicking off the 2011 D-Coaster Day at Disney's Magic Kingdom!
Space Mountain
Our first coaster of the day was Space Mountain, where Jess and Scott were thrilled, while Josh took a moment to say a prayer and watch his life flash before his eyes.
Amanda on Buzz Lightyear Ride
Then A-Flizzle mopped the floor with me on the Buzz Lightyear ride. If evil toy robots ever try to take over, trust me, we want her on our side.
Me & Stitch in Tomorrowland
Also while in Tomorrowland, I found Stitch, who has done an impressive job of blending in here on Earth. Only that one paw gives him away.
D-Coaster Day - Sara & Jess at The Haunted Mansion
Next, we made our way to The Haunted Mansion, where the expressions on Sara's & Jess's faces pretty much sum up the day.
R.I.P. Martin
Unfortunately, I couldn't be there to join in the fun. I had apparently been planted outside of The Haunted Mansion.
A-Flizzle & me at Cinderella's Castle
Or had I? I may or may not have staged my own death to sneak away to Cinderella Castle with A-Flizzle. Muwahaha!
Big Thunder Mountain
Here we are at another classic Disney coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Disney's Philharmagic in Fantasyland
What do you get when you mix a bunch of PWD's with 3D Disney cartoons? D-Coaster Day!
We gave Dumbo diabetes! Well, we at least gave him a bunch of people WITH diabetes. Who wants a flying elephant with a low blood sugar anyway?
D-Coaster Day in front of Cinderella Castle
A fairytale ending to D-Coaster Day right where we started it...in front of Cinderella Castle.

Thank you to all of the folks that came out for D-Coaster Day. It truly means the world to me that you joined in on this crazy idea, and made it such a huge success. I hope you had as magical of a D-Coaster Day as I did!