I found TuDiabetes in early 2008, looking for answers, like so many members here. In those days, Manny welcomed new members, and he almost immediately pm'd me a welcome, and inquired if any of my quilts might be for sale to use as a prize on TuDiabetes (hey, if you don't ask.....). I was quite flattered, and answered back to him that I was very inspired by the Word in Your Hand project, and it totally got me thinking about making it a quilt, which actually happened later. Immediately I was befriended by Doris and the AMAZINGSandy and lots of other regulars, and quickly got hooked on TuDiabetes. It wasn't long before I was welcoming new members and volunteering for things.
In 2009, I had a chance to meet my hero while we were on a vacation that included San Francisco. I don't think I could have been more excited meeting Bruce Springsteen. It was a perfect day, and now a golden memory. I have had two other opportunities, once in NYC when we had a big rally when the UN was going to be featuring non-communicable diseases and another at a meetup in Philadelphia, when I also got to meet the INCREDIBLE jrtpup. To all of you out there, don't pass up an opportunity to meet Manny, he really does give the BEST #BigHugs
In 2011, Manny asked if I would make a quilt to represent DHF at the CWD's Friends for Life conference. I worked on this quilt for many months, happily, and when time came to send it off, I felt the pangs of impending separation (something I am feeling even more intensely right now), but when Manny got the quilt, he made a video of it that touched my heart deeply. Seeing him touch the quilt so lovingly (after a scary bit opening the box with a knife) still makes me tear up. By the way, If you go to FFL anytime and see the quilt, I'd still love to see a picture of you with it. also, you have my permission to touch it. I spent a lot of time putting secret messages into it, and it has magic powers (wink).
I am fully convinced that Manny is going to do even more amazing things for those of us touched by diabetes. I am so proud to call him my friend.