The past few years, I’ve only heard about events like the Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit or Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum or more recently the Lilly Diabetes Blogger Summit. These are events that are by “invite only” and are usually an expense paid type of thing. I’ve heard nothing but good things from the people who have attended. I always thought the attendees were lucky to experience such great opportunities to interact with companies like those and each other in extensive advocacy efforts. Was I a wee bit jealous? Sure. Who wouldn’t want the chance for a paid trip to learn about the works and plans of big diabetes companies and to hang out with diabetes friends?? Was I bitter? Nope. The diabetes community has grown and continues to grow dramatically. The bottom line is that it is impossible to give everyone a chance to attend these events. And I feel that the people chosen to represent the community are chosen for a reason.
However, fast forward to this year. I was invited. I have no idea how but I am one of the fortunate diabetes advocates attending the Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit in Indianapolis in just 2 days. I cannot express how honored and privileged I feel to have been asked. I know this is going to be the opportunity of a lifetime. I am excited to see and(or) meet the other advocates attending. I am thrilled to get a taste of what Roche is like. I am eager to see what the discussions will entail. My intention when blogging and advocating about diabetes, is to support all of those who live with diabetes. In that effort, I am really going to strive to represent people with diabetes as best I can. If you have anything at all you would like me to ask or mention to Roche during the summit, please let me know. If you’d rather not leave a comment on this here blog post, feel free to email me as well: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love the fact that Roche, Medtronic and Lilly are taking the initiative to work with people from the diabetes community to hopefully come up with a plan on how they can better serve our needs. I don’t know that other communities interact with pharma companies like this. But they should. There is no better way to understand the needs of patients then getting together a whole bunch of them at the same time for an elaborate dialogue. Most of us will be tweeting about the event so please follow #dsummit12. Of course I will share my experience once I’m back. But most likely not for a few days after I return since the schedule is pretty packed and I have to go to work the rest of that week. That thing called sleep I love to do? Not on the agenda until next weekend 😉
Have a great weekend everyone!