Hope is a strange thing for someone who has lived with diabetes for as long as I have. It's there. Deep inside me somewhere. But it's dormant; smothered to sleep by decades of failed promises and premature excitement (usually involving cured mice). Ed Damiano showed me something pretty amazing at the CWD Focus on Technology conference recently, and I felt a glimmer. … [Read more...] about Rekindling Hope
Lots of news to spread today! Buckle up for some bullet points. Are you near the Washington, D.C. area (Crystal City, VA, specifically)? Come to the CWD Focus on Technology regional conference and expo happening next weekend, February 1-3, 2013. Sebastien Sasseville is the keynote speaker, and this dude is a total badass. He jogged across the freaking Sahara … [Read more...] about “An Orange Peanut?! For Me?!”
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation does amazing work. They raise money to help get families and young adults to Friends for Life conferences. As if that isn't enough, they also raise money to get young adults to college. I've written about what they do in the past. I am a big supporter of them and appreciate all of the hard work they do. At each Friends … [Read more...] about Diabetes Scholars – Generosity In Action
Among other things, Kerri and I were responsible for being "room captains" of the Adults with Type 1 room (sponsored by Insulet (thank you!)) at this year's Friends for Life conference in Orlando, FL last week. Being a room captain means introducing speakers, making sure there is water and glucose tabs available, answering questions, and basically making sure the presenters … [Read more...] about Iris Checked my Irises – 2012 FFL Conference
Please head on over to Kerri's blog and help us shape Friends for Life 2012. Thanks! … [Read more...] about Your Input? Please?
I’m a big fan of the CWD Friends for Life conferences. I attended my first in 2010, and it changed my life. Every person who lives with type 1 diabetes (and their family) deserves to attend this conference at least once. But finding a way to pay for travel, lodging, registration, and incidental expenses is really hard for most people. The cost involved puts it out of reach … [Read more...] about I Support: Diabetes Scholars Foundation
Last year, at my first Friends for Life (FFL) conference, I bumped into Gary Scheiner in the exhibit hall. He told me that they play basketball in the activity center in the evenings. I didn't have any of my basketball gear (contact lenses, ankle braces, etc) but wanted to give it a try. It was so much fun. This year I made sure to pack some basketball clothes. George and … [Read more...] about I’m Proud of Bennet!
Is it possible for an annual event to change your life for the better each and every year? Is it possible for that event to be better than the year before, without taking away any magic from the previous event? Absolutely. I don't know how they do it, but Jeff and Laura have the formula for magic in a bottle, and they sprinkle it over every conference they … [Read more...] about 2011 Friends for Life – Where to Start?
While in Florida for the 2011 Family Support Weekend I heard a couple of stories that really stuck with me. For most families, coming to CWD events are very important. How important you ask? One family was scheduling a c-section delivery of their baby, and actually planned the operation around the Friends For Life conference. Another family had friends getting married … [Read more...] about The Importance of CWD Events
If you are a teen who lives with diabetes, I recommend this book. If you are a parent of a teen who lives with diabetes, I recommend this book - but DON'T FORCE IT ON YOUR TEEN! :-) I met Korey when we did a session together for the Children With Diabetes (CWD) 2011 Family Support Weekend a few months ago. I was able to grab his book and do a little homework before … [Read more...] about Type 1 Teens – by Korey K. Hood, PhD