Nick spoke today at a National Press Club luncheon in the name of diabetes advocacy.
He gave a speech about his story and how he is using his position as a rock star to promote awareness for those with diabetes, those who don’t know they have diabetes, and the people who love them. He also spoke about his partnership with Bayer through the “Nick’s Simple Wins” campaign, and was presented a check for $100,000.00 from Bayer for the Change For The Children Foundation.
Nick was poised, as always, and after his speech he answered a bevy of questions ranging from how testing his blood sugar on his hands up to 12 times a day affects his ability to play his instruments (all of which depend on touch and dexterity), which famous person he would most like to have dinner with, and if he has a girlfriend. He answered all of these questions adeptly, and I was very impressed with his candidness.
I really appreciated him saying that (after he learned he was not going to die) his second biggest concern was that he was going to have to drink Diet Coke from then on, and how the lyric “you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone” is kinda about chocolate cake. Another favorite part was when he confessed that he does not keep his monitor on stage with him (he leaves that in the trusty hands of someone who is always close) because they wear pants that are kinda tight (this got a BIG laugh). I also loved how he touched on the issue of being sensitive about not being condescending to people with diabetes. If they are eating a big slice of chocolate cake, it is because they know they can deal with it.
He was inspiring, funny, relaxed and confident. He did an amazing job, and I hope he had lots of fun.
Watch Nick’s speech and Q&A now after the jump!