Minnesota Props

For those who might be unfamiliar with the term “Props“, take a click and then come on back…

Picture of a sign that says "Love from Minnesota"

I spent most of my day at the Mall of America today.  I participated in the JDRF Walk for a Cure, and then stuck around most of the afternoon to listen to a handful of presentations.

The first was Dr. Bill Polonsky (www.behavioraldiabetes.com), of whom I am a big fan (Diabetes Burnout anyone?).  It was fun because I was able to shake his hand, thank him for all that he does, and chat with him for a couple of minutes before his presentation.  Very cool for me.  If I would have known how casual the atmosphere was going to be, I would have brought my book for him to sign.  It’s the little things in life people…

Then we listened to Joe Solowiejczyk.  Joe has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 47 years, and has an extensive resume of diabetes caregiving and psychology.  Besides that, this guy is funny!  My favorite line from his presentation?  “There’s no shortage of stupid around!”  Ha!

Then Dr. Bernhard Hering, M.D., Scientific Director of the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota, gave a presentation about islet cell transplants and how far they have come in the past few years.

And finally, as I was scanning through local news headlines tonight, I saw an article in the local news titled Diabetes cure might be homegrown, which again talked of Dr. Hering’s work and some exciting things happening nearby (Ok, so technically the pig farm is in Wisconsin, but let’s not get bogged down in details eh?).

So yeah, even though it is colder than a witches tit in a brass bra right now, it might be alright to stick around Minnesota for a while.

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7 thoughts on “Minnesota Props

  1. So weird.
    I just put a post up today, and it too had a reference to “props”, and I swear I didn’t read your post first. What are the odds?
    Great minds…
    Sounds like a nice day at the mall.
    And nice vlog!

  2. I am so immensely jealous that you got to chat with Dr. Polonsky!! Sounds like an awesome time, and I give you props for voluntarily leaving your house in the middle of winter… not sure I could do it if I lived there, lol! I’ll actually be in the Minneapolis airport for all of 54 minutes next week, but I’ll be safely inside.

  3. What?? No photos from the walk??? AWWEEE…BUmMER!!! We watched the news and saw very little…less than a 30 second blurb. Although thought it was cool the channel 9 announcer said “Thanks to everyone who showed up today on behalf of my daughter…..and..”
    (I must be in an ornery mood tonight….first I razz ya on twitter, and now here!!)

  4. Hi, Scott –
    First, I think you are way too hard on yourself. You need to give yourself a break. Every day presents us with millions of choices. It’s not always easy to make the right(?) one. Just do the best you can.
    Here’s a great website for you to check out:
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/community_home.asp
    My friends and I have found so many valuable tips, support, etc. here.
    See you soon for coffee! I’ll get something on the meet up forum for February very soon.
    Take good care,
    Jennifer

  5. You had to work that in there, didn’t you?
    Hmm, Wisconsin… (Don’t tell my husband I just praised Wisconsin, it doesn’t happen often from the Illinois native!)