Yeah, yeah, I know it’s Monday, and technically #dblogweek is over, but I couldn’t bear to leave the week of writing prompts unfinished. Karen is so amazing for organizing it, and I’m so grateful to her for being a large part of the impetus to get me started in blogging in the first place! (It was Diabetes Blog Week 2013 when I really got the gumption to start Fifteen Wait Fifteen – 1 year now, yay!)
Saturday, I spent the majority of the day attending the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes conference in Raleigh, NC. It was my first time attending, so I had no idea what to expect. I’ll let the pictures describe it from here on out…..
Opening words by Dr. Steven Edelman, founder and director of TCOYD. He is a type 1 himself! He was a great presenter, and a little more racy than I expected, but in a super fun way!
This slide made me giggle, because the first 2 bullets that show “typical” Type 1 diabetic traits most certainly do not apply to me. Thankfully, he had the disclaimer of “usually” in there.
This slide didn’t make me giggle at all – more like, tons of “yeah, ugh,” because the variables that affect sugars on a daily basis seem limitless, and too many to number or put on just one slide.
You can’t go to a conference without seeing people you know! Two wonderful friends and fellow type 1s – Carlyn (from oneunitatatime.wordpress.com) and Karen, my hula hoop instructor!
Branden Russell of Team Novo Nordisk, and Dr. Edelman staring intently at his smartphone. Maybe they were trying to take a selfie? More info on Team Novo Nordisk at www.teamnovonordisk.com
In the intro, there was a lot of talk geared towards Type 2s, but this year, they did have breakouts and different sessions that were Type 1 or Type 2 specific.
Oops, I’m pretty sure I dropped these in one of the sessions. At least I was able to follow them like cookie crumbs and find my way back to my chair!
Seeing a Star Trek Federation cover for an OmniPod made me ALMOST want to switch from using my Medtronic 723. Almost.
Carlyn, Alex, and Erika manning the JDRF booth at TCOYD. Just a few of my favorite peeps!
Dr. Jeremy Pettus giving a talk about “Alcohol and Diabetes – Do they mix?” Interesting to me (obviously, since I do enjoy my red wine)….found out some new things, as well as having some other things I already knew confirmed. I’ll have to save the info for a blog post sometime. More info and some videos featuring Dr. Pettus at www.thedoctorschannel.com
Before I left the conference, I stopped by to see several friends who were manning other informational booths. Here’s a blurry picture with Donna – an awesome Type 2 who was volunteering at the ADA booth.
What does 50 years with type 1 diabetes look like? I had never before seen it in person, but today I did! I was lucky enought to meet and hang out a bit with Mary Beth from Columbia, NC who is a Joslin 50 year medalist. HERO! That in itself made the conference more than worth it.