Attending the Annual Type 1 Diabetes Update last year marked many firsts.
It was the first…
- diabetes-related event I attended outside of my own hospital
- hang out with my very first type 1 diabetic friend
- chance meeting members of Connected in Motion
- face to face encounter with a pump
- hearing other type 1’s speak about their experiences
- time eating lunch with other t1d’s (all-round checking bg’s and giving insulin? yes please!)
I was nervous, terrified actually. But when the day came to an end, I walked away feeling more confident, excited about new friendships and armed with more information about how to live well with t1d.
What a difference a year makes.
Last year’s speaker Shawn Shepheard was a stranger. Now he’s a friend and was this year’s master of ceremonies.
Connected in Motion was an organization I looked at from afar, not sure I’d have the guts to actually attend an event. Now I’ve completed my first half-marathon proudly wearing their logo as I crossed the finish line. I also attended my first d-meetup with them playing trampoline dodgeball.
At the end of the Annual Type One Diabetes Update last year, I won a raffle to CIM’s Slipstream in the City event. Slipstream in the City was my first t1d outing with my parents and friend, another big step.
CIM’s Jen Hanson took to the mic this year to speak about traveling with diabetes.
Before, during break and after the presentations I looked around the exhibit room floor and saw many familiar faces. Thinking back to last year, it has been an amazing journey to now.
Getting out there and connecting with others has made a huge difference. For me, much of that started here.
You can access all the informative tweets about the event via Connected in Motion’s Storify (a collection of tweets and photos). I’ll have another blog post on triathlete Terrence Teixeira’s presentation about being an athlete with t1d later on.