After nearly a week in Chicago for the American Diabetes Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions, the Glu team is finally back home in Boston. The conference, which can only be described as a whirlwind experience, hosted attendees from every far-reaching corner of the world. Scientific Session participants included, but were not limited to, leading endocrinologists, talented researchers, passionate patient advocates, and dedicated diabetes camp gurus.
During the course of the conference, our team had the opportunity to share some findings from Glu in the form of a poster, catch up with friends and colleagues, get a glimpse of new products currently in development, help develop clinical trial protocols, and sit in on sessions where exciting new findings were presented.
Interested in seeing the results that were presented in our poster? Follow this link here to take a look. We even had our Glu Community Manager, Bill Woods, record an audio version of the poster, which you can listen to by selecting the “play” button at the bottom of the page.
While in Chicago, one of my colleagues and I also had the opportunity to visit Camp Confidence, a diabetes camp for children. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how excited one of the younger campers was to show off his brand new insulin pump! We also had the exciting opportunity to meet up with Teresa Derby, who recently wrote an article for us. I have so much respect for people like Teresa, one of our Glu Ambassadors who coordinates much of the T1 research at Northwestern University, because every single day she goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Although each day of our trip had something exciting and memorable to offer, I honestly think that one of the best things about the trip was rooming with Anna Floreen, Glu’s Community Outreach Manger, who has been living with T1 for over twenty years. For me, as someone who is still relatively new to the world of T1, it was amazing to see how much thought and care went into managing her diabetes every single day, hour, and minute. To me, people like Anna are the true unsung heroes who deserve to be recognized.
It’s no secret that dealing with type 1 is a constant challenge, so I really want to use this opportunity to remind our community that you’re not alone in the battle. There’s no shortage of fellow T1s, researchers, doctors, and advocates also fighting the battle. Events like the Scientific Sessions are a great way to connect with the T1 community and I would encourage anybody who gets a chance to go. Just remember that you don’t have to travel across the country to give support, get support, or participate in research. Some of my best takeaways from the ADA Scientific Conferences happened between meetings, like when Anna took my blood sugar and showed me which buttons to push on her pump to administer insulin.
By Anna Lee