Tonight’s LTD was all about Nick’s diabetes. Those of you who have been to a show on the Burnin’ Up Tour will recognize most of it as the video that precedes Nick’s performance of “A Little Bit Longer”.
The episode, titled “Nothing’s Gonna Slow Me Down,” focuses on Nick, but features his whole family. We hear how Nick is the “Commander in Chief” of the band, but he counts on his brothers and family when things get bad, like when he received his diagnosis. We hear how he manages his carb intake and blood sugar. We get to see his Omnipod and hear how keeping his blood in check is not as easy as he makes it seem. He also talks about writing “A Little Bit Longer“. Nick narrates.
This episode made me cry. For real. The parts that got me the most were when Nick was talking about how “No one can ever really relate to how you feel,'” and when, while talking about how he dedicates “A Little Bit Longer” to anyone with a broken heart, or who is having a hard time, he feels a connection with the audience that says “I’m here for you, you’re here for me. Let’s sing.” Having experienced that first hand myself I can say it is a very powerful moment (cue the sobbing tweens – and not so tweens).
I won’t reiterate what I said in an earlier post about Nick, but long story short, I think he is amazing.
Check it out after the jump (grab some tissues on your way).