Soon I will be with many others in another country.
Funny thing about diabetes; it doesn’t care what country you live in, or the care available, or present family situations; diabetes just does not care. It will come at you and will come at you hard; no matter where you call home.
I look forward to meeting my many ‘new’ friends in Scotland. Children with Diabetes (CWD) organizes these conferences with but one goal; to teach, If one is willing to learn, one will do just that and all attendees take the first step by deciding to go.
If there is one constant denominator I have learned about families who deal with diabetes, and choose to be active, is that they want a better world for their children. The only way to achieve that goal is through knowledge. I do not mean ‘surface’ knowledge, I mean getting in there and asking the questions that pertain to you, your family, and most importantly; your child.
Some get answers the quick way of just asking someone. Whether it be a support group or online (and surely there are many people who have great answers in these settings) but there is absolutely no substitute than learning first hand the answers you seek.
Do not look for the answers ‘you want to hear’ because many times you do not know what you do not know. Seek many angles to the same question and eventually you will see the answer rise to the top of your inquiries.
The strongest aspect to CWD conferences is that diabetes is treated as a total entity impacting the entire family. CWD does not say ‘this’ is the answer. They do not merely present one aspect to a topic; they present many aspects to the same topic and challenge you to listen, ask questions, and decide what is right for you.
Professionally, they have a great deal of the-best-of-the-best presenting in sessions that will enhance the knowledge of all those in attendance. These are people ‘in the know’ on management tools, research updates, and important educational components. There are people who will inspire others with what they achieved; diabetes stopped them from nothing.
I have also learned that diabetes abroad is diabetes at home. The broken hearts and the pain of acceptance are fairly similar. But so is the decision to ‘own diabetes’. As I have stated so many times how much I love seeing the resilience of our kids and the amazing things so many can achieve. The only thing that limits them; is their own imaginations.
If you cannot make this conference there are more to choose from and you can visit the CWD site and find one that could be good for you. Beg, borrow, and/or steal; but get to one because you will surely benefit from attending.
Hopefully this week will be a time we can learn from each other, and I’m sure it will be. It will be a time to fully understand that diabetes cannot win in our lives. It will be something we will learn together, all day—or as they say; In the mornin / in the forenicht / at nicht.
I can hardly wait.
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Hi Tom, it will be good to see you in the UK again! Some things you heard about the NHS in England are different in Scotland – for example, people can’t easily change hospitals if they are having a bad time with the diabetes team. They may even have a big fight on their hands when they need a pump but their team isn’t experienced with pumps. I am sure everyone who comes to Glasgow, wherever their journey started, will share a lot and take home a lot too. Travel safely and don’t forget your kilt 😉 !
Thanks for the tips Melissa….see you in a few days.
Jo Wilkinson says:
Really looking forward to it too – this time I will be armed with tissues for your speech Tom.
Safe journey to you and all the CWD family coming over.
Thank you Jo—–just a few short days.