Communities exist everywhere. Including right here at home.

I do a lot of speaking these days, formally and (mostly)informally, about our wonderful diabetes community. I talk about the support, the empowerment, the innovation, and the kindness I’ve experienced and that others encounter after getting that horrible diagnosis.

I got a chance to talk about that before another great community this week. Hadassah of Greater Baltimore is part of a larger Jewish women’s organization that, among other things, promotes the health and well-being of women. Hadassah, and Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, is a huge community of women who work tirelessly in supoort of their common causes. Sound familiar?

So it was interesting to me to see these two communities… Diabetes and Hadassah, coming together for an hour of understanding and information sharing.

I got a chance to educate the group about diabetes, of course. And as you might expect, there were a few people in the group who already have diabetes as a part of their lives. It was interesting to have them ask questions or point out some piece of technology they’re using, right before I got to the part where I discussed exactly those things.

It was also interesting to experience their genuine interest. There was a lot of discussion back and forth, many questions, and a fair amount of discussion after my talk.

This all took place about five minutes from my home. So, you might say, I attended an event in my home community, where I introduced people to my diabetes community, and I was introduced to a whole new community.

Me and my friend Linda, who introduced me to Hadassah of Greater Baltimore


In the final analysis, it went very well. When you’re passionate about your subject matter, you don’t really worry too much about how you’ll do. You just try to remember to shut up once in a while so people can speak and ask questions.

What I left the group with is what I’d like to leave you with right here. There are communities everywhere, uniting around issues important to them, and delivering a positive impact to the people they serve. Find your community, and help make a difference.

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