Heading out again.

As the sun begins to break through again (thank you rain, but thank you sun!), I’m all packed and ready to head off to something called the HealtheVoices conference in Jersey City… wait for it… New Jersey.  It’s just across the Hudson river from Manhattan.

This is not just a diabetes conference– there will be a number of online patient advocates in attendance who are dealing with a myriad of medical conditions, including HIV, breast cancer, cardiovascular issues, Chron’s/colitis, and many others.  I’m very interested in getting ideas and perspective from people living with and affected by conditions that are not my own.

The conference has been put together by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which, among other things, produces the Type 2 medication Invokana.

This is where I tell you that Janssen Pharmaceuticals is paying for my train travel, hotel, and meals so I can take part in this gathering.  In case you’re wondering, all opinions expressed here, or using the #HealtheVoices15 hashtag are entirely my own.

This is the first time a company has invited me, at their expense, to attend a conference.  Guess I should think about creating that disclosures page now.

If I can, I’ll let you know what’s happening when it’s happening. Otherwise, I’ll try to give you a recap later on.

I hope your weekend is off to a great start, and I hope the nasty weather stays away from your part of the world too. Talk to you Monday!

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  • Karen  On April 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Yay!!! Excited to see you in a few hours. And very grateful to be participating in this event.


  • Ally  On April 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Enjoy the experience, Stephen! You’ll bring a great perspective to the table.

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  • Scott E  On April 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Glad to hear you’re going, Stephen! You’ve made great contributions to the D-community since you jumped on the scene. You deserve it.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Laddie  On April 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Stephen, I’m so glad that you are getting this opportunity. More than once I have mentioned to others that you are someone who “deserves” to get an invitation (expense-paid of course!!!) to some of these conversations. You are passionate, highly involved in the DOC, and you will be a great representative for all of us. Can’t wait to read about your experience.

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  • KerryTP  On April 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds like it will be a great conference! Enjoy it.


  • Heather Gabel  On April 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I am really looking forward to hearing your feedback about the experience! It looked like an amazing conference based on the twitter feed. I’m glad you were there learning – a major #win for the DOC!

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