Yes, you. I’m talking to you with the diabetes.*
Wanted to give you a quick update on what’s going on with The Diabetes UnConference. (And if you don’t know what it is… please go to www.DiabetesUnConference.com and learn about the first multi-day peer-to-peer idea exchange for ALL adults with diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Type I want to talk about my diabetes…) being held at the Flamingo Las Vegas from March 13 - 15, 2015.
Room Block Deadline: February 10, 2020
The super-duper low room rate at The Flamingo Las Vegas, where the conference is being held, is only available until February 10, 2020. (This means you can count the days left on two hands if you have all ten fingers. If you don’t, well… borrow.)
After that, they release the room block to the hoards of basketball fans who will descend on Las Vegas for March Madness. (We root for Team Diabetes UnConference. We are undefeated.)
Don’t get caught paying a stupidly high rate for a room that you can get for a song (if that song costs $69.00+applicable tax and fees) through The Diabetes UnConference room block. Check out the information about The Flamingo Las Vegas here. And book your room here.
Attendee Registration Deadline: March 1, 2020
Even if you aren’t planning on staying at the hotel, please register by March 1st. We won’t be able to accommodate walk-ups, as head counts must be given to catering and for the incredible Dexcom sponsored High Roller event. I would hate for anyone to not be able to participate because they waited until the last minute. I can’t “squeeze you in”. Don’t miss out.
Why Should You Come To The Diabetes UnConference?
You can learn why I think you should come. Watch this interview where I make a lot of funny faces and answer questions (thank to TuDiabetes for the hilarious chat!):
Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. Take their words:
- DiabetesMine’s words
- A Sweet Life’s words
- Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me’s words
- Stephen of Happy-Medium’s words
- Rhonda of Fifteen Wait Fifteen’s words
- Diabetes Daily’s words
- Heather of Unexpected Blues’ words
- Kelly of Diabetesaliciousness’ Words
We want you to be there. We want you to feel like you can talk openly about diabetes without judgment and learn from others. We want you to join us for the crazy, zany, beautiful things that will happen.
Don’t miss out. We don’t want to miss you.
*And you with the desire to help those with diabetes. We love you, too. While you can’t join us this year, you can help spread the word. Don’t worry… we have plans for you to come next year!
I quietly announced Sunday on The Diabetes UnConference’s website that scholarships to the conference are available, thanks to our generous sponsors and The Diabetes Collective, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation. Everyone was on vacation or not looking at the Internet, so I got to ease into this wonderful announcement.
Are you an adult with diabetes? Do you want to be a part of the only conference where all adults with diabetes can talk about the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes? Do you want to come to Vegas? Do you want to have fun?
Then you need to apply. Now. The scholarship deadline will close on September 30, 2014.
What type of scholarships are available?
There are scholarships for Medicare recipients, Type 1s and Type 2s. There are full and partial scholarships. There is something for every adult with diabetes.
I want everyone to come and I’m so glad that these scholarships are possible. Even if you aren’t awarded a scholarship, I hope you’ll be able to come.
A lot of very cool announcements will be made this week about what’s going on at The Diabetes UnConference. If you’re interested in keeping up to date on the latest news, then you can subscribe to the newsletter (which is awesome, but I’m biased).
The early bird full registration of $139 per person will end on September 30, 2014. If you are on the fence (or applying for a scholarship), you can still register and if you receive a full scholarship, you will be refunded your registration fee.
Wait. What do I get for my registration fee?
- Entrance to the Friday night Special Event
- A spiffy t-shirt
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday
- Snacks on Sunday
- Non-alcoholic beverages for the Saturday and Sunday conference (coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc.)
- An exclusive special event on Saturday night from one of our sponsors that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world
- Intimate access to certain companies who want to hear what you have to say about products and devices made for us
- The feeling of safety and connection with others, knowing you can say just about anything related to living with diabetes and someone else “gets it”
Is it worth it?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
So, register. Apply for the scholarships. Get signed up for the newsletter. Tell your friends who have diabetes. Make it a “friends weekend”. Make it an “about me” weekend.
You won’t be disappointed.
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I wrote a lifestyle column on dLife.com called Been There, Done That. I shared my ideas about living life with diabetes. As my career took different turns (and the miscarriages count piled up), it became more difficult to write. In fact, for a few years, I didn’t write anything that wasn’t related to my career.
My, how times have changed! How my life has changed!
I’m back to dLife as a columnist and if you’d like to see what I’ve written in the past as well as my latest articles, you can pop on over there and get your fill. They’ve got a lot of great resources (and some other columnists that you probably know already, like Kerri and Scott and Bennet and Will Dubois…)
I’m talking this month about making my decision about insulin pump therapy… The article is Eeny, Meeny, Miney…Pump. If you like it, let me know. If you don’t… let me know.
And in The Diabetes UnConference news…
Holy wow, Batman. Remember how I said I was worried that no one was going to come?
I am so thrilled to find out that I’m wrong. (And as someone who hates to say “I’m wrong”… this is strange for me.)
People are registering. Lots of people. Registration has already surpassed my first goal and well on the way to my next goal. A sell out conference? It’s happening.
Registration has been open for a week and all I can say is that if you haven’t registered yet, please do so soon… there is a maximum number of attendees that the rooms can hold (and a maximum number of the rooms in our room block for The Diabetes UnConference that is rapidly filling up…).
So, if you haven’t registered yet, please… do that as soon as you can. I want to learn from you.
Lots of other fun things to talk about, but wanted to give you updates on dLife.com and The Diabetes UnConference. More to come soon!
I’ve been keeping a secret from you.
It’s a good secret, but a lot of work needed to happen before I could share this…
To admit that I’m scared that this will be a colossal fail and that no one will want to come would be true.
I hope that I’m wrong.
I hope that this will be everything that our community needs and wants and that this will be the beginning of something amazing.
This has been a long time coming.
The original idea was simply a wish that I frequently uttered quietly (often to myself) at the end of diabetes conferences or meetings:
“I wish that we could just sit and talk about living with diabetes and how we feel about living with it. Share with each other. Learn from each other.”
I articulated this wish at the Medtronic Diabetes Advocacy Summit in January during a brainstorming session about what each of us wanted to accomplish for the diabetes community.
“No tracks to choose. No keynote sessions. No separation of people by category or type. Real discussions in a safe place about the psychosocial aspects of our lives with diabetes with others who get it. We decide what we want to talk about - and then we talk about it.”
There were nods in that room (and one or two exclamations of “Hell, yes!”). I left that meeting with a head full of ideas about this… but I couldn’t do it by myself.
That’s what a community does. It helps, supports, and celebrates. With some gentle prodding from some advocates and the amazing emotional backing of my husband, I quietly created The Diabetes Collective, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation (currently waiting for the IRS to bestow that 501 (c)(3) designation) and signed a contract with Caesar’s.
It’s on. It’s begun.
Please read below - and share the excitement with me for The Diabetes UnConference.
If you are an adult with diabetes, come join me (and others just like me and you) in… Las Vegas from March 12 to 15, 2015.
I would love to meet you and learn from you and others about living well with diabetes.
Here’s the official announcement.
The Diabetes Collective, Inc. is pleased to announce The Diabetes UnConference, the first peer-to-peer support conference for all adults with diabetes.
The Diabetes UnConference will be held at the Flamingo Las Vegas from March 12 - 15, 2015.
The first of its kind, The Diabetes UnConference follows the “unconference” concept of peer-to-peer idea exchange made popular by the tech community. The actual agenda is set the first morning of the conference, drawing from the needs and desires of the attendees and discussions will focus on the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes.
Manny Hernadez, co-founder of TuDiabetes.org and winner of the Community Spirit Award from the American Diabetes Association, states: “Life with diabetes is challenging enough to go about it on your own. Peer support is essential to thrive for people with diabetes. It is also critical to help us build the kind of movement we need to have around this condition that affects more than 26 million people in the US and 400 million people worldwide.”
Founded by Christel Marchand Aprigliano, The Diabetes UnConference is facilitated by volunteers well known to the diabetes community: Bennet Dunlap, Heather Gabel, Manny Hernandez, Scott K. Johnson, George Simmons, and Kerri Sparling. These diabetes community leaders are familiar with the topics that will be covered; each live with diabetes.
Topics may include dealing with depression and diabetes, countering burnout, diabetes “life hacks”, dating, parenting with diabetes, revealing your diabetes to others, and much more.
Peer to peer support has been shown to be highly beneficial to those living with diabetes. The report, “Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action,” summarizing findings from the first National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network shared that: “Among 20 studies of diabetes management, 19 showed statistically significant evidence of benefits of peer support.”
For more information and to register, visit www.diabetesunconference.com.