I have to admit, it’s been quite a year.
Full of meetings and partings, full of new issues, and always full of interesting twists and turns, 2016 was eventful indeed.
I didn’t get a chance to participate in clinical trials this year, but I did get to do what feels like my first meaningful work for People With Diabetes by facilitating at the Diabetes UnConference, and representing DPAC at Friends for Life. There were fewer blog posts than in recent years, but I’m kinda seeing that from everyone these days.
We are up to 80 plus Champion Athletes With Diabetes medals awarded all time, thanks to some amazing athletes who shared their inspirational stories of perseverance this year.
There were some great podcast interviews, and though they are pretty infrequent, I’m still getting a kick out of interviewing my guests. Every conversation is different and very interesting. More interviews to come in 2017.
I haven’t done this for a couple of years, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell my year in photos. Check out the captions for specifics. Here goes:
This isn’t everything either… I was able to attend an FDA workshop in August. There was the dustup over United Health Care’s decision to limit access by entering into agreement with Medtronic, making them the exclusive provider for insulin pumps through their insurance in the USA. And there’s FDA’s approval of the Medtronic 670g, the hybrid closed loop system that brings us closer to a truly artificial pancreas solution.
Those are just the things I’ve experienced this year. Of course, my diabetes is not your diabetes, so your year may have been different. However this year has gone for you, I hope that it has been filled with happiness and many new acquaintances. Even more so, I hope that 2017 brings you and I the best year yet. We deserve it! And please remember: I support you… no conditions.