2 days ago, on 02 Jul 2014, I attended the Diabetes Advocates MasterLab seminar at the Children With Diabetes – Friends For Life conference in Orlando, FL. I was able to attend this seminar thanks to a scholarship from the Diabetes Hands Foundation – Diabetes Advocates (DHF), and Novo Nordisk. A sincere thank you to everyone at DHF for all the work done in organizing this event, and organizing our travel arrangements. Words seem insignificant in expressing my appreciation. THANK YOU. Also a very big thank you to Novo Nordisk for the scholarship money that allowed these scholarships to be offered to the diabetes advocates program.
The Master Lab seminar was a 1 day intensive seminar designed to make those in the Diabetes Advocates program, more effective advocates. It provided us with tools and information to teach us how to actually effect change in Washington with the FDA. We heard from policy makers, from advocates that have built movements, from a panel of people that explained exactly how to talk to your senators and representatives, and much more. I can’t even explain how valuable this training was. In the coming days and weeks, I will be releasing blogs, videos, tweets, all with the purpose of sharing what I learned.
It was so nice to meet so many of my mentors in the advocacy world too. People I look up to. People I didn’t realize were fans of my blog. Diabetic celebrities. I met so many people. It makes me want to play all of my vacation next year for diabetes conventions.
I want to leave you with a quote from the keynote speaker of the day at Master Lab. His name is Paul Madden, and he’s the Senior Director of the diabetes program at Project Hope. He said “I don’t wait for them to cure it. I go on with my life.”