Whatcha doing on Tuesday, May 20th?
If you answered: “Joining you at the virtual 2nd annual Diabetes Hope Conference,” I’d be thrilled. (Of course, if you had said: “Giving you millions of dollars,” I would have also been thrilled. I’m easy to please.)
The Diabetes Hope Conference began last year as a way for the diabetes community to talk about the stuff we like to keep hidden in the closet: fears about complications and how those complications aren’t brought up because of those fears. Individuals with diabetes shouldn’t have to suffer in silence or think that no one else is going through complications, burnout, or frustration with this disease. The Diabetes Hope Conference had over 250 participants last year, so the founders of this conference is on to something… and that’s where we come in.
I’m personally inviting you to join me on Tuesday, May 20th from 12 – 3pm EDT for three panels of great individuals (and one modest individual, so she won’t say she’s great…that would be me…) to talk about the questions you want answered, how to talk with your medical team, and how to share your story with diabetes.
What’s on tap?
From 12 – 1pm EDT, it’s The Doctor Will See You Now, a Q & A session with Dr. John Anderson, Immediate Past President, Medicine & Science of the American Diabetes Association. Karen Graffeo and this chick, Christel Marchand Aprigliano (ohwaithat’sme!) will be moderating, fielding questions, and perhaps even asking our own questions (I’ve promised to be wicked nice.) to Dr. Anderson.
From 1 – 2pm EDT, The Value of Blogging in Chronic Illness with Mike Lawson and Kerri Sparling will talk about blogging and mental health with Pamela Katz Ressler, co-author of the study, Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness through Blogging.
From 2 – 3pm EDT, Dr. Jen Nash and George Simmons will converse about doctor/patient relationships and how we can keep it healthy for both in Who’s in Charge? Who Says What? And Why? This is not a reenactment of Abbot and Costello’s Who’s on First skit, but with George, I’m sure there will be plenty of laughs.
What do you need to do?
1) Register for the Diabetes Hope Conference. It’s free, it’s virtual (you can watch it in your jammies and bunny slippers or the outfit of your choice – we don’t judge!), and we want you there.
2) Ask a question in advance for Dr. John Anderson, so that Karen and I don’t end up talking about cats and toddlers and our latest hairstyles. Obviously, it should be diabetes related, but other than that stipulation, it’s fair game! Got a burning questions about the burning in your feet? Ask it. Want to understand the reasons behind why you feel horrible after a low blood sugar? Ask it.
O.K., three things:
3) Join us on May 20th. You can also ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag: #dhopeconf if you’re feeling twittery.
As it says on the Diabetes Hope Conference website:
While there is no known cure for diabetes, that doesn’t mean the diagnosis is hopeless.
Come learn just how much hope there is. (If nothing else, you can watch me make funny faces live on a computer.)
FYI: None of the panelists receive any compensation for participating. Nada. And that’s cool by me. Cool by you? Cool.