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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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Like these links– Friday edition.

Happy Friday! I hope that somehow you’ve either avoided the terrible weather gripping the country right now, or that you’re safe and warm wherever you are.

I haven’t done this for a while, so I thought I would pass along these terrific posts from around the Diabetes Online Community. You’ve probably already seen a couple of these, but there are also links to a couple of items that you may have missed.

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Christel at ThePerfectD has your initial lineup of diabetes conferences for 2014. Personally, I was glad to see this since there were a couple in my area that I didn’t know about. Look for conferences in your area here:
http://theperfectd.com/2014/01/01/your-2014-diabetes-conference-calendar/

Here are a couple of additional conferences for you:
I got an e-mail about a one-day event in Washington, D.C. in February. From The Gary and Mary West Health Institute (WHI) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) the focus of the conference is “Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System”. It’s a public conference that will be held at the Omni Shoreham hotel on Feb. 6. The conference will convene stakeholders critical to driving interoperability – a cornerstone to improving patient care through safer and more cost-effective health care delivery. For more on the conference, and to register (it’s free),
Go here.

On February 28, there’s a symposium entitled “Challenging Current Diabetes Care: Strategies for Practice Improvement”. It’s taking place in Richmond, Virginia, and it’s coming from the University of Virginia’s Office of Continuing Medical Education. It looks to be primarily related to Type 2 diabetes care, and features a few notable speakers. I don’t have a web address for you, but if you’re interested, e-mail me at happymedium[dot]net[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll send you the information.

Kim at Texting My Pancreas is looking for a little help test-driving a new source of diabetes information via the web. I won’t link you there directly. Instead, I’ll send you over to her post so you can get all of the information. Oh, and get this: If you help provide feedback, she’ll enter you for a chance to win a $100 Target gift card:
http://www.textingmypancreas.com/2014/01/profile-health.html

Finally, I want to turn you on to a blog from someone who’s outside of the normal diabetes-blogger profile. This writer graduated from college in the USA recently, then took off this fall for Kenya, where she’s working with people living there. Her story about managing diabetes on the African continent is the perfect example of “you can do anything with diabetes” (except make insulin, of course). The blog is Achieving Dreams While Acing the A1c:
http://t1worldtraveler.wordpress.com/

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I hope your weekend is spent doing something fun and fulfilling. Life isn’t always about the diabetes, but when it is, make it worthwhile.
 
 
 

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