Jimmy Stewart stars as a… wait… I think that’s already been done… Darn the luck!
The “day” is actually a 4 day event that brings about 150 JDRF Advocates together for advocacy training, networking, and to put diabetes on the radar screens of members of Congress by meeting with them to tell them how diabetes effects the lives of so many people in their own districts.
The other bloggers and I will be participating in a round-table discussion focused on the Diabetes Online Community and how we and the JDRF can leverage each others strengths in a way that can benefit us all.
I’ve been pretty hard on the JDRF in the past for seemingly ignoring those of us residing in the Adult Type 1 world. But a few conversations that I’ve had with the JDRF has made me feel that there is a change for the better in the works.
This new outreach is still in its infancy and is a totally new mission for many chapters. True mentoring programs were few and far between; you might find a program to “mentor” people on how to help with fund-raising but not find one on how to help to cope with the day-to-day of diabetes. Previously, Adult T1′s were viewed as either a volunteer, a donor, or a fund-raiser.
Not as individuals needing the support of other diabetics with the mental and emotional baggage diabetes can bring. Nor were we viewed as mentors; people who could bring years of experience to the table. People who have already struggled through situations and can offer feedback and advice to those that are just reaching those situations as they move through life.
And just so you know, I understand that I do not have the letters MD, CDE, MSW or even a Jr. after my name. But I can still listen, I can tell of my experiences and how things have affected me over the years. We all can.
If you have any questions or topics that you would like to see discussed, submit them to JDRF Advocacy staff (@JDRFAdvocacy) on twitter and follow the discussion there on Sunday, March 13 at 2pm Eastern by searching for the hashtag #JDRFGovDay.
There are 9 bloggers attending and we will be broken down into two separate discussion groups. One of the round-table discussions will streamed live via JDRF Advocacy USTREAM channel. The recordings of both discussions will be archived and available for later viewing.
We will also have a chance to speak with Jeffery Brewer, President & CEO of the JDRF and Dr. Dick Insel, Chief Scientific Officer of the JDRF. So please submit questions you might have. You can also post any questions or topics here or drop me an email.
** Disclosure: The JDRF is covering the cost of travel, hotel, & meals for this event. I am not representing my local JDRF chapter, but am going simply as a member of the Diabetes Online Community. Any comments or blog posts I make about this event will be my opinion and will not be affected by the invitation to this event. **
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
PS: This is the first event of this type that I have been invited to participate in and, honestly, I’m feeling a little out of my element. Over the years, I have made presentations to folks who could just look at me and say “Get out, you’re fired” and haven’t felt even a tinge of anxiety. This one has me feeling a bit edgy tho. Oh well, I imagine I’ll be just fine once it gets started…
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