Not the most rock ‘n roll subject. Probably not what most people would consider a hot topic when meeting their favorite musicians.
But right before my friend Kelsey and I had the coolest opportunity to meet Klara and Johanna Söderberg, Swedish sisters that form the group First Aid Kit, after going to their show at the 9:30 Club in DC, a vague memory flashed into my mind of an interview I remembered reading several years ago, in which Klara stated that she is diabetic.
I asked the guy standing next to me (some super-fan groupie from England that was following all of their shows down the east coast) if one of the girls did indeed have diabetes.
“Oh, I don’t know them like that” he replied. “But I wouldn’t ask them about it, if I were you.”
I didn’t respond, even though I wish I’d told him that it’s not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of.
Johanna (the blonde) came out of the venue first and we took pictures with her and chatted for a minute. Then Klara came out and we took more pictures and got our ticket stubs autographed. As Klara was walking up to put her luggage in the bus’ storage space, I (more outgoing than usual, thanks to the 6~ concert beers) approached her and said, “Can I ask you something?” Of course, she said, “Sure!” while kneeling on the ground with her luggage.
“This might be random, but do you diabetes? Type one?”
She stopped, stood up, and laughed, “Yes, I do.”
“Me too!!!” I said with more enthusiasm than I’ve ever had in verifying that I have a broken pancreas.
Then we went into full-on diabetes talk, and kind of laughed and looked around at the people listening to us talk about it. She started asking me questions about when I was diagnosed, how old I was, etc. I showed her my new continuous glucose monitor and explained how it worked. My blood sugar was around 186 at the time, and I said, “Whoops, it’s a little high right now” and she shrugged, “I would have never known, we measure it differently in Europe.” (I knew that, but I forgot. Maybe I’ll learn how to do it that way when I move to Amsterdam. Or maybe not.) She asked me if I had a pump, and I said no. She doesn’t wear one, either. She knelt down to her duffle bag for a second, unzipped a case, and showed me her insulin pens. (Diabetes show + tell. Lol.) We both take Humalog so we’re basically best friends now, I think.
We talked for a little while longer and she said she doesn’t really have any friends with diabetes, and I said I didn’t either (except for the DOC <3 ). Eventually we made our way back to the others and another girl that had been standing by grabbed my arm, smiling, and said, “That’s so cool that you got to talk to her about that!”
I think so, too.
If you haven’t listened to First Aid Kit yet, you should really check them out! They just came out with a new album titled Stay Gold and it is literally all I’ve been listening to on repeat for 2 weeks. All of their music is good- and their lyrics are completely heartbreakingly wonderful- but their new album is just the best one ever.
My favorites from the new album are Fleeting One, Stay Gold, Shattered & Hollow, My Silver Lining and Cedar Lane. And all the other ones.