I just have a couple of minutes on a very busy day, but I wanted to let you know about a couple of things that might be of interest. Hopefully, you’ve heard of these already, but if not, consider yourself informed.
This will matter most to people living in the USA’s Mid-Atlantic region, but these are being held all over the country this year. So if you’re not close enough to attend, look for a similar event in your area soon.
Free to attend (a donation is suggested), the summit offers speakers on a variety of topics including the latest Type 1 research, JDRF’s continuing mission, how to manage your diabetes through exercise and stress, and much more. As in past years, there will also be a kid’s track and a teen track, so the young ones won’t be bored while all of the adult stuff is going on. In addition to that, there promises to be an exhibit hall full of the latest information and products. I’ll never forget how swamped the t:slim table was last year.
This year’s event will also include two optional morning workshops: One on managing diabetes through sports and exercise with Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE of Integrated Diabetes Services. He was last year’s AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year, and if you haven’t seen Gary do his thing, let me tell you… you don’t want to miss the valuable information he’ll provide.
The other morning workshop will be Taking T1D to School, featuring a panel of specialists who can help give you all you need on planning and preparing for each year as your kid works their way through the school system. Featured speaker for this workshop will be Sarah Butler, MS, RN, CDE, NCSN, Director of Diabetes and Nursing Education for the National Association of School Nurses. In other words, she probably knows her stuff.
The other thing I will say about this get together is the same thing I say every year: If you’ve had difficulty connecting with other people living with Type 1 diabetes, or other families living with T1D, this is the perfect place to solve that problem. Last year, over 800 people attended this event, so if you go, you’re bound to make new D-friends. It’s a laid back atmosphere, usually with plenty of room to stretch out, and everyone there speaks your language. Did I mention lunch is included too?
To get the skinny and register for the JDRF Type One Nation DC Research Summit, go to:
Diabetes Scholars is accepting applications right now for scholarships! They currently have 11 scholarships to give away to high school seniors planning to attend a four year college, university, technical, or trade school. Some of these scholarships are for as much as five thousand dollars, so if you’re planning to go off to college (or your young adult at home is), now is the time to apply.
To be eligible, you must be a high school senior living with Type 1 diabetes, and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications will be accepted until April 15, so warm up your typing fingers and get the process started today:
I owe… I owe… it’s off to work I go. That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!