In case you don't already know, CIM stands for Connected in Motion. A group of active outdoorsy T1 diabetics connecting... in motion. Smart, no?
It's not just an excuse for another non-profit organization.
Here's something guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Every Monday, CIM (@connectinmotion) puts out a "Monday in Motion" tweet. A number of weeks ago the question asked was, "If cost/location were no problem, what new sport/activity would you like to try?". Someone (Hi Virtue!) wrote back saying, "I know it's not super novel or anything, but I'd like to give rock climbing a try."
And so an idea was born from one little tweet. A rock climbing loving CIM'er set up a community event for us to go indoor rock climbing and it was specifically newbie friendly. Shannon was the mastermind organizing it all.
Last Sunday Shannon and I carpooled out to Toronto from the HAMMER! I had never really met her before, outside of a brief facial recognition from Slipstream earlier this year. There was something like 10 or 11 of us that met at the climbing gym that day. Most of them had never climbed or were fairly new to it. There was one consensus though, everybody LOVED it!
I only climbed a couple times since this was the day after my bike crash and I was still very concussed plus my clavicular dysfunction. :P
Getting their lessons on
Notice the insulin pump hanging from the harness
I know I write about this every time I get into a CIM post but you can't possibly fathom what it means to me otherwise so if you aren't interested in reading more sappy CIM love then kindly look for the 'X' to close.
These people are more than just acquaintances we run into at events every now and again. Everybody that is a part of CIM are pretty loving and caring human beings. Not to be a bitch or anything but that's not always the case I'm finding. But something about the way Chloe created this group and the morals she created it around seeps into each and every member. To the point where it creates deep friendships. Friendships that set up community events to get us all together without it being any sort of "official" event.
Serious caring friendships blossom from an accommodating atmosphere and heartfelt good morals.
I dropped Shannon off at her car. Yet another stranger turned new friend with similar interests and soon to be close neighbours. On my way home this all really hit me. It's not just ME that feels so honoured to be a part of CIM. It's all parties involved and that's what makes it so amazing. I find myself always walking away with a bigger, fuller heart. Who knew such support could come from a disease like diabetes?
And finally, a picture of Imran trying out the Mio sets for the first time AT the table in the restaurant after. Gotta love being around other diabetics. Next time though, he'll remember to take off the adhesive so he doesn't have to stab himself twice.