Gina went to the JDRF Promise Ball last night, and just was at the DRI Diabetes 2.0 conference. She is a champion for all of us that have diabetes. She has taken over the D-OC to make it a better place for all of us diabetes bloggers. She makes sure that important people in the world of diabetes are speakers for her chats. She started the CGMS Anti-Denial petition, so that others with insurance issues had a chance to get this technology. She’s a lot of woman in a little package.
I didn’t know Gina back when she started D-Blog Day in 2005, but I know Gina now. Gina is one of my best friends. Not just online, but offline. She is usually the first person I talk to in the morning, and the last person I talk to at night. We often say we are cousins, as our life’s histories parallel one another’s. She is Half-Italian/Half-Sicilian, I am Half-Italian/Half-German. The men in her family are all plasterers, and my husband and his father are plasterers. We have similar senses of humors and can both laugh and cry at the same things. Whenever each of us has something important to share with someone, we are reaching out to one another. Stretched across this United States, we still connect on a different level that is beyond diabetes, beyond the internet, beyond the telephone. Noone can make me smile like she does.
So Gina Capone, thank you. I love you with all my heart.