While it was a decision that my husband and I are confident in, it was certainly not something we thought would happen so quickly! But we are thrilled not to have to play a waiting game either.
Our reasons for moving to Minneapolis are multi-faceted, with the main reason being the boringly unsexy “quality of life” that needs improving. New York is fun, but expensive, and it’s just not something we decided we saw ourselves putting up with over the long term. So we thought about where we could live, and Minneapolis seemed like the best option.
A fun fact about Minneapolis is the number of PWDs I know there! Minneapolis has an active diabetes community, with support groups galore. When we visited Minnesota for the holidays, I spent an evening at a restaurant with Scott Johnson, Laddie, and another young woman, Katie. I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with these folks (and others!) very soon.
I also got in touch with Christina and Jo from the organization College Diabetes Network, who have a chapter at the University of Minnesota. Although I’m many years out of undergrad, I’m hoping that I might be able to impart a bit of wisdom. I’ve known Tina and Jo for a few years now, and I think what they are doing to provide support for college students is amazing. There was nothing like this when I was in undergrad! My only real source of support in college was the Diabetes Online Community.
There’s also the troublesome issue of having to find a whole new medical team. I happen to love my endocrinologist and when you find an endo who work, the last thing you want to do is find another one. Do you know how hard it is to find good help these days?! (Of course you do).
Although I’ve physically moved towns a few times in the past few years, it’s been almost 7 years since I’ve relocated to an entirely different part of the country. I just hope my blood sugars can handle the stress of it all!