Roche and Relationships

One of my favorite people to visit with is Bennet from Your Diabetes May Vary. Two of his four kids live with type 1 diabetes, and he lives with type 2 diabetes. He gets it. He’s brilliantly smart, is passionate about diabetes advocacy, and is not afraid to call bullshit when he sees it.

He said something to me earlier today that has stuck with me through most of the day. He said that one of the biggest things Roche gives us is something I know I didn’t fully appreciate; the opportunity to get to know each other better.

He didn’t mean Roche and the attendees, although that is valuable too. What he meant was US getting to know US better.

We have something very special in the Diabetes Online Community. We have an environment full of love, support, encouragement, empowerment, and inspiration.

It starts with the common bond of diabetes, is actively nurtured by the open and honest sharing we all do online, and is amplified by getting to know each other better.

Great things, such as Kim’sYou Can Do This” project, and Sara & George’sBest of the ‘Betes Blogs” project (as just a couple examples), come from the relationships we build during events like this.

Thank you Roche.

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5 thoughts on “Roche and Relationships

  1. I’m not one of the fortunate members of the community that gets to enjoy the Roche summit but just the fact that they put together an event like that is a great thing. I appreciate organizations like them taking an interest in the people actually living with diabetes. Now imagine the greatness if every single one of us were invited and could attend the same event!!!! 🙂

  2. I will echo Cara’s comment, and add that I’m glad Roche is so willing to listen to its stakeholders in the DOC.

    Now, if I could only get an invite next year… 😉