July 1, 2010
Hello again! I am so sorry I am considerably late in posting my blog this week….I am just going to have to chalk it up to how incredibly busy I have been! I flew into Orlando last Friday (June 25) and attended the first ADA Scientific Session on Friday afternoon. From that point on, everything is a blur…until today. I met/had meetings with so many wonderful people in the diabetes world, many of whom will surely become significant in DiabetesSisters’ growth over the next year. Stay tuned as we work out the details.
I also attended the Roche Social Media Summit on Tuesday which was truly a wonderful opportunity to meet and catch up with my fellow web friends. While there, we met with the ADA and AADE and had the opportunity to share some of our concerns about their target audience(s), the materials and services they provide, and even their requirements for certification. With such an opinionated, passionate group of people, the conversation was certainly lively. In the evening at dinner, I was asked to speak about the best practices of DiabetesSisters and the keys to our success (along with Manny Hernandez of TuDiabetes and David Edelman of Diabetes Daily). It gave me such pleasure and I felt such pride in talking about the Sisterhood we have built over the past 2 and half years! Then, on Wednesday and Thursday (today) I attended the Children with Diabetes Conference. Again, this was an extraordinary experience to see so many children with diabetes who were proud to have diabetes and so excited to meet other kids with diabetes! It very much reminded me of the Weekend for Women Conference --where there are so many women who are proud to have diabetes and excited to meet others with diabetes! Bennet Dunlap of Your Diabetes May Vary (www.ydmv.org) and his daughter put together a video that featured many of the diabetes bloggers/leaders of diabetes communities. I was included in the video and I briefly discussed DiabetesSisters and our annual conference. If I could have only been paid for the number of times someone said to me, “I am coming to your conference next year!” DiabetesSisters would have A LOT more money in the bank now! From the diabetes side of things, the most interesting thing I noticed was that those of us who attended the ADA and then the Roche Social Media Summit talked an awful lot about how high our blood sugars had been since we arrived. Not sure what was the cause…but, it was nice to be in the company of others who were experiencing the same frustration with blood sugars.