Yesterday my wife and I attended the TCOYD conference. It was a cold and slightly snowy day so we drove into DC and actually got there early. It seemed like not too many people were there, but that changed as the room for the keynote presentations quickly filled.
These conferences reach out to people to help them to empower patients to take care of themselves and to be able to live a long, healthy and happy life. The Diabetes Hands Foundation is a partner with TCOYD.
I think we can often get a distorted view of diabetes. There are many people out there who really struggle with their diabetes, they don't have to tools and education to take proper care of themselves, the "system" has let them down and they just feel depressed, angry and defeated. This conference really tries to change that.
The speakers were very inspirational, Steven Edelman, William Polosky and Urban Miyares. After listening to these speakers it really can leave you with a changed view of your own relationship with diabetes. Even the most frustrated of us has to feel some real hope and promise that you can change your life around.
Many of the attendees did appear to be people who really benefited from the day. It only costs $20, but it must cost nearly $200 or so per person. They had wonderful snacks and a diabetic friendly lunch. Many of the sessions and health fair exhibits are staffed by local doctors and professionals. I saw a fair number of ones that I have met before. I even crossed paths with Hope Warshaw about a dozen times in the health fair, although I declined to talk to her (we don't exactly see eye to eye).
I spent some time with Karen Graffeo who writes BittersweetDiabetes. Many of you may follow her blog. She is also famous for having started Blog Week. Karen is tireless and talked to many of the attendees. Karen manned a booth on social media and provided an introductory presentation. Emily Coles had sent me a bunch of brochures and Karen helped me distribute them. It was clear to me that while the on-line community really helps me and many others here, a lot of the attendees are not technology savvy and there remains a big gap. Many people seemed unaware of what was available on-line.
My wife and I were fortunate to meet up with our own fellow member kphil06 for lunch. We joined a table with some other participants and three physicians assistants (TCOYD runs a parallel session for health professionals). I really enjoy meeting other members. I am always so impressed with the people who are members here.
I really enjoyed this conference. It was a wonderful way to spend the day. I did learn a bunch of stuff had a great time talking with people, particularly at the health fair. My wife gained some real insight into the world of diabetes. And I think it makes me really appreciate how important it is to reach out and help others.
Has anyone else attended a TCOYD conference? What was your experience?
Once again, thanks for the great info BSC. Cheers! :)
Ran across a post by judith caterall on facebook - and it made me want to just come in and say hello!
Nice post. Well what was i thinking when i read your post here - what was going through my mind when i think of all those of don't know better about their D (those lacking knowledge or motivation)- what was racing through my mind?
It was a comment I recently heard "Walk while you can!"......
here is a great podcast about them ....
And a bit more About TCOYD....
Steven Edelman, M.D.
Founder and Director, Taking Control of Your Diabetes Renowned Diabetes Expert
Dr. Edelman, who has been living with diabetes since the age of 15, is the founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 diabetes education organization founded in 1995.
Committed to promoting education, motivation, and self-advocacy for people living with diabetes, Dr. Edelman has become a local, national and international leader in diabetes treatment, research, and especially education. He champions the cause of patient advocacy and has dedicated his life to helping people with diabetes live healthier lives.
Dr. Edelman currently serves as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of San Diego. He is also the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic VA Medical Center and the editor of the journals Insulin and Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.
Dr. Edelman received his MD from the University of California, Davis where he was valedictorian. His postgraduate training included a residency in internal medicine at UCLA-San Fernando, a clinical fellowship in diabetes and metabolism at The Joslin Clinic, a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and a research fellowship in diabetes and metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Edelman is certified in internal medicine and metabolism, diabetes, and endocrinology.
A highly sought public speaker for both professional and lay audiences, Dr. Edelman has given over 1,000 lectures around the globe and appears frequently on television, including the TCOYD-TV educational series. He has written numerous books and over 200 publications, including articles and abstracts that have been published in such journals as American Journal of Physiology, Diabetes, and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Edelman is a reviewer for several journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. His honors include valedictorian of his medical school graduating class, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of California, Davis
School of Medicine, multiple Chief Resident’s Teacher of the Year Awards from the University of California, San Diego, the Humanism in Medicine Award from the University of California, San Diego, and the American Diabetes Association’s 2009 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.
Dr. Edelman is married to Dr. Ingrid Kruse, a podiatrist who specializes in diabetes foot problems. They have two daughters, Talia and Carina.
And if you are still reading this, you might want to check out one of my favourite videos of all time, starring none other than Dr Edelman.
Thanks for posting this Michael. I think that a lot of TCOYD reflects Dr. Edelmans personal energy in trying to change the world for the better. Dr. Edelman and Dr. Polonsky both seem to really "get it." That controlling diabetes isn't necessarily a medical challenge, it is a mental challenge. I wish more doctors understood that and embraced that in their philosophy.
Thanks for posting bsc! I'm really sorry I couldn't make it, maybe the next one on the east coast. Great that your wife went with you.
I'm glad my wife went. She was actually grumbling when I dragged her out of bed on her "day off." I think it can be really hard to be a type 3 and support someone without developing a sense of understanding of what they are going through.
Wishing they would have a conference in the NY metro area.