I just got home after having a very VERY interesting afternoon. I was at a diabetic meeting last Wednesday – and just before the meeting started - a few announcements were read. One announcement was a call for Type 1 diabetics for an ad that medical company is going do here in Canada. Out of the group of about 60 people attending – I was the only one there with Type 1 (everyone else was Type 2). So, the next day I called up the agency taking care of recruiting and was asked to email a blurb about myself and a snap shot. Come Monday – I got a call saying they’d like to interview me. I’ve never done anything like this before – so I thought – “what the heck what have I got to lose?”.
When I arrived there today – quaint little place on St-Denis here in Montreal – I found a sitting room with a few people. I being the curious gal asked if they were here for the interview for the commercial. Well, yes indeedy – we all were. After that we had a riot talking about how long we’d had diabetes, our ups/downs, yadda, yadda, yadda. I have never been in a room full of Type 1 diabetics – and it was so much fun!! Most of them were still on insulin injections and doing very well like I was prior to my going on the pump. Tho' one lady that I met has the same problems as I do with night time lows – which I find since going on the pump I do not experience anymore. So we’re going to stay in contact as she’s curious about the pump. Warning to her – you may regret meeting me – as I felt the same way about pumping – that I would never EVER do it – wrong, wrong, wrong. Now I’m hooked to it like it’s my fuzzy teddy bear (okay – it’s not quite that bad – but I find it’s changed how I handle my diabetes ten told)..
The interview was interesting – I didn’t realize it would involve my being filmed. I think I either spoke to fast and had beads of sweat rolling down my forehead (how do you act Harold???). I’m not sure – but if I’d known I was being filmed – would have worn something better then my everyday jeans/t-shirt! Anyway, never the less – I know they are going to pick one person – but personally – and I may write to them. I think everyone in that waiting room should be in the ad. We all have similar stories and what was interesting was a daughter and father who are both Type 1’s.
Anyway, I’m now wanting to have a party at my house ... where get this ... "normal" people are outnumbered by the folks that I met today – it would be such a hoot. No one saying - "Should you be eating/drinking that?". Maybe I should write to the agency and tell them about this idea as well it could be a good ad - bunch of happy go lucky Type 1 diabetics, testing our BG's and bolusing for carbs for chips, few drinks and whatever!
Ahhh, to think – I could have been a movie star …. It’s never too late !!!!