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
I'm posting this on behalf of Mary Podjasek, President of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation. Her mission in life is to help bring more people to Friends for Life (not to mention college scholarships), and that is a mission I support 100%. -------------------------------- Each year, Children with Diabetes hosts a spectacular diabetes conference where thousands of people come … [Read more...] about Diabetes Scholars – Howl at the Moon!
Please head on over to Kerri's blog and help us shape Friends for Life 2012. Thanks! … [Read more...] about Your Input? Please?
The CWD Family Support Weekend runs through the new year holiday. Many of these families have been spending the new year holiday together for a number of years. The kids and teens are all about bringing in the next 365 days with the CWD friends they have grown up with. The Hitchcock family invited everyone to hang out in their room for the evening, and it was a … [Read more...] about Ring It In CWD Style
The recent CWD Family Support Weekend I attended had about three-hundred people, plus the volunteer staff. While much smaller than the giant Friends For Life conferences, 300+some is still a BUNCH of people. It took me at least three or four introductions, plus a nametag, before I could remember people's names and faces. Even with that, I can only remember a fraction of … [Read more...] about Faces and Names, Faces and Names
I first heard Joe Solowiejczyk when he was in Minneapolis a few years ago to speak at a JDRF Walk kickoff meeting. I liked him almost instantly. He has lived with type 1 diabetes for about 50 years, and his specialty is the mental aspect of living with type 1 diabetes. I am a big fan of Joe. In one of the meetings I attended while in Florida for the CWD 2011 Family … [Read more...] about Another Angle
I have rarely, if ever, seen Jeff Hitchcock without a camera. Not only does he always have a camera with him, he also knows how to use it. Jeff spends much of the conferences roaming around with his camera and capturing some of the magic. I love that he does that! Most of the pictures from the 2011 Family Support Weekend are online now, and there is a good one of my new sun … [Read more...] about The Sun Hat
On the beach for the CWD Staff Retreat on Wednesday, I got pretty sunburned. It was bad enough to give me a little headache later in the evening, and I thought I'd be miserable for another day or two. Thankfully, after washing up for the night, putting on some fancy hotel brand lotion, and getting a good night's rest, I felt pretty good the next day. Before heading outside … [Read more...] about Sun Hats and Funny Pictures