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I would have one euro for each time “And, excited?”, “Well? Are you nervous yet?" or "Are you looking forward to Barbara Schöneberger?" I would have been on a Caribbean island for three weeks now.
I was a guest at the medi booth at an orthopedic technology trade fair in Leipzig and was able to get to know an incredible number of friendly specialists and have great conversations for three days. Even though I've been to events a lot for some time, everything was still exciting for me.
After all, most of the time in the last few years I have sent my stuff out there into this Internet and had no idea how many this really would reach.
I always assumed that most medical supply store specialists only knew me from advertising. But at the fair, I was surprised again and again by such lovely feedback about our site and the stories of your customers that it really touched me deeply.
Too much reality at once
I am a person who approaches things without great expectations. That is possibly also the reason why I am so enthusiastic about. And when a wave of so many positive experiences rolls over you, you can imagine how flat I was. The fact is, the internet doesn't work like reality. Even if thousands of users see and read the posts, only a tiny percentage of the reaction comes back. Then, of course, such three days of direct personal feedback form a stark contrast.
And now imagine, between all these nice encounters, you also get the opportunity to meet someone you have been following since your early teens.
I was a nervous wreck.
No longer useful, tense and excited up to my arms. "God, oh God, how is that supposed to be when she stands in front of me?"
That was all I could say. A small team of medians, the moderator and I met in the VIP rooms of the fair and then she came. Barbara Schöneberger entered the room while we were waiting for her, walked over to me and shook my hand. "Hello.", I got out somehow and already thought at that moment that it could be fun with me. If I start talking like that, where should it end?
The press conference
We met a few people from the press and had them put questions to Barbara. I stayed in the background because after all they were there because of her. And all of a sudden a technical question came from a gentleman and she simply asked me to come over to give her a little support.
From that moment something happened. With her and me.
Unsure, I went forward, stood next to you and finally began to be in my element again and lost all tension. Sharing knowledge has always been my passion and when this knowledge was asked I couldn't help but blossom. I was able to confidently answer the more specific questions and show myself not only as a blogger, but also as a well-informed person affected and perhaps also an ambassador. And there we stood, circular knit and flat knit ambassadors. It felt like we mutated into a little duo and started our mission together.
Two women in the name of compression. Debdedeee, dedededededeeeeee… * Hum Superman Theme here *
The big moment
The real highlight was our conversation, which we were allowed to hold on the medi booth. Because that's where our two priorities came together. You as the heroine in circular knit tights and I as the flat knit Wonder Woman - together show that compression can enrich both fashion and medicine.
As you can now imagine, I went into this interview without any real expectations and could only be overwhelmed. Barbara and I got together very quickly in a great exchange and she sincerely showed her interest in our disease, which is behind the flat knit care. Relentlessly and honestly, I told a lot about life with lipoedema and lymphedema and didn't even notice how quickly time was passing. We might have sat there for hours and it wouldn't have been boring for a second.
"Well, she just does that every day, nech."
Yo. Of course she is a professional and having conversations is her job too. But the attention and respect they give to this subject too behind the scenes tolled was what brought all the dams to collapse on me at the end of that day.
Over and over! For an hour I was in tears. And unfortunately far too many have seen that for me to lie here now. Niagara Falls, torrential torrents - it didn't want to stop.
She showed me on stage and afterwards in a private conversation at the bar so honestly that it was an exciting encounter for her too, that it touched me indescribably. And the best thing about it is that you always see each other twice in life. Next time I'll just hopefully be able to eat before that.
Thank you, Barbara.
You know Barbara, you couldn't have influenced this little (admittedly not that small) teenage Caro better through the tube TV. To meet you once at the end, to get to know you, even about me, to be able to tell the painful everyday life of so many people and finally to realize that I was not mistaken about you, made this day one of the most beautiful of my life.
And maybe I can now be a little (admittedly not that little) Barbara for a few people out there.
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Win a subscription to the magazine BARBARA
And since you really held out my emotional babble to the end, you will now be rewarded with a great competition. We are allowed to have 10 annual subscriptions to the magazine among you Barbara giving away! All you have to do is comment under this article what the title of an article about you in the Barbara would be.
I'll get started: "Fashion is my therapy" and because subtitles are always important: "A girl who went out to face lipedema - with fashion and compression."
I wish you the best of luck and I'm really looking forward to your submissions!
The competition is closed! The lucky winners will be notified by email.
We hope you have a lot of fun taking part
You can take part until July 26th, 23:59 p.m. You can find the conditions of participation here.