Living Diagnosed Not Defeated

During the month June, I take the time to do something that I have never done before. I began this yearly ritual over ten years ago when I was in Boston working at a very low-paying summer internship. I had very limited funds, was in a new city without friends, and wanted to make my birthday special. So, I put on some roller blades and took a stroll along the Charles River.

This year, I invited others to join me. I’d like to highlight Scott Johnson who decided to join me.

Watch his video HERE

I went snorkeling…

It was SO much fun. It took me a while to get use to breathing out of my mouth rather than my nose, but after a few minutes (or 30), I got the hang of it and LOVED it.  I was at Shell Beach in St. Martin (my first time there as well).

While in St. Martin someone broke the back window of our rental car and stole my bag which contained one of my swimsuits and my orthopedic insoles. As a way to stay true to my motto “Not Defeated” I went swimming in spanks (also something I’ve never done before). LOL

One of the most exciting things was seeing the first Statue of Liberty that France made for America. She was a black woman and because of that, she was not accepted. She resides in St. Martin.

One of the things that I wish I could have added to my NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE list was attend the Diabetes Fair that was happening two days after my scheduled departure.

June was a GREAT month for me. Full of my favorite thing to do….TRAVEL! Just before my week vacation ended, we took a ferry to St. Bart’s for a day trip.


Thanks again for joining me, Scott! Hopefully, more will participate next June.

By | 2017-07-27T08:43:00+00:00 July 17th, 2013|Online Diabetes Advocacy, Type 2 Diabetes and Travel|


  1. Dr. P. July 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks Scott, can't wait until next year too.
    I really wished I could have attended the fair. I would have loved to see what kind of information and giveaways were there. Maybe I'll plan to attend one in the future.

  2. Scott K. Johnson July 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Doc P! I love ALL of these examples! What a bummer about someone stealing your stuff, though. That stinks. But way to not let that stop you!

    Too bad you couldn't make it to the diabetes fair – I bet that would have been really incredible!

    I love this idea, and I look forward to joining you again next summer (thank you for the invite)! Let's show the world how we roll. ūüôā

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