Dreamer stage.

I’ve been reading, with great envy, about diabetes conferences on other continents lately. Specifically, the recent Australasian Diabetes Congress in Australia, and the upcoming EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) conference in Europe.

Both of these appeal to me because they feature patient presentations and social media events either as part of the event or coordinated around the event. But there’s also an appeal to me because these gatherings are continental, and it makes me wonder: Why can’t we do something like that here? In North America?

Why can’t there be a North American Diabetes Congress? Why can’t there be a Pan-American Diabetes Summit?

I know what you’re thinking: Too much money! How are you going to get patients there? What do you think you can cover? What about meeting space, exhibit space, agendas, speakers?

Okay, I’m not an event organizer. But I can ask… why can’t this be done? North America, and the Americas including Central America and the Caribbean and even South America, cover a widely diverse group of people. Our challenges to get access to care, drugs, devices, and education are in many ways unique to our hemisphere.

There are also unique voices in each country that we can all learn from. They’re writing, broadcasting, and advocating in ways that I see but don’t completely understand yet. I’d like to see if some of what they do can translate to positive advocacy here too.

Right now, I’m only looking at the positive aspects of something like this. So don’t dump on me about how it’s impossible, companies won’t contribute, if companies do contribute I’m a sellout, people won’t be able to travel far, or the logistics are too difficult.

I’m still in the dreamer stage. I know this could be very good, even if I only have a rough idea of what “this” really is. So don’t harsh my mellow.

I refuse to think that we should be separated by distance or resources. I believe there is a lot we can learn from each other. I want to think bigger than diabetes type or country or age or language.

Why can’t we do it?

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Comments

  • Cherise  On September 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    The US was groundbreaking in summits and conferences. I’m not sure what happened or why they stopped happening. Stephen, anything is possible. Heck, you could start small (i.e. Baltimore) and see what happens.

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  • Rick Phillips  On September 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I want to attend the one in Australia or Europe, heck I would like to attend on in Indianapolis. LOL OK, I am pretty disagreeable no one wants that. .

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  • Blood Sugar Trampoline  On September 14, 2018 at 9:17 am

    There is absolutely no reason why it can’t be done. 😁 Maybe if a bunch of diabetes non-profits pooled resources it could happen????

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