If you were asked to talk about diabetes up on stage by yourself for five minutes, what would you say? Would you clam up and mumble? Would you babble without direction? Would you be able to share a single message that can represent not just yourself, but also others living with diabetes?
I wouldn’t know where to start, and once I did start, I wouldn’t know where to edit myself. It would be a hot mess. But that would be me. Fortunately for people with diabetes, it was not me. It was Kim. It was Kim standing up on stage, being livestreamed at MedicineX.
Now, I am not as eloquent as Kim, I could not have come up with this powerful messages she shares up on stage. But it feels to me that she was reading my own heart and soul, and I am grateful for that representation. And for “me too.”
If you do nothing else, please watch this video. There is a lifetime of emotion packed into its short five minutes.
I have watched this many times and every time it brings me to tears. Good tears, but also the kind that say “this sucks, and other people understand.”
Thank you, Kim, for being able to communicate these thoughts and feelings to so many people with the authenticity that makes people listen. You rocked this – and you rocked it for all of us.