Conference Recap Preview

BOOM: I am home from MasterLab and FFL. That was a lot of information! This week I will read all of my notes and organize the specific and best things I learned, like: don’t wear cologne on the radio and a story differs from an assertion in that it happens when the reader connects the dots.

At MasterLab, there was an emphasis on everyone with diabetes (Type 1 & Type 2) seamlessly working together to create change for the benefit of all. Meanwhile, FFL is focused on Type 1 as a unique thing. I suppose this is not surprising, since ML is about advocacy and FFL is about PWT1d LYBL™ Oprah.

Imagine a graceful segue.

When I arrived home from Orlando, I devoured Eula Biss‘s On Immunity. This book is probably interesting mainly to those concerned with why people decide to not have vaccinations. But then there’s also stuff like:


The paradox of feeling responsible for everything and powerless at the same time. <– This speedball neatly summarizes my week at FFL & MasterLab. After reading, this complex system had to lie down in a hammock.

Disclosure: Diabetes Hands Foundation awarded me a scholarship that allowed me to attend MasterLab. My travel, conference fees, and hotel were covered by the scholarship. The opinions and ideas expressed here remain my own.


  1. Laddie · July 14, 2015

    I look forward to hearing more about your MasterLab and FFL trip. I do think that there is always a fine line to tread when it comes to advocating for Type 1 and advocating for everyone with any kind of diabetes. There are many similarities with all kinds of diabetes, but there are also distinct differences. Learning to support and respect each other has to be the number one rule. At the same time we need our medical professionals and even friends and family to understand the differences. As a parent of a T1 and someone with a super slow onset of Type 1, you have a unique view of the diabetes world. It’s always interesting to hear your perspective.

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  2. Dolores · July 14, 2015

    “empowered powerlessness” … perfect description of being a t1 mom …

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