July 11, 2013
Written by: Dani Petrunich, Student Blogger (and CDN Intern!)
I don’t think I’ve ever run on so little sleep before, nor do I think I’ve ever cared less (which, as a driven, Type A college-age student is saying something). There is so much to do here, so many people to talk to, and so much to learn, and I don’t want to waste a single opportunity or second of my time on something as common as sleep. Thankfully the coffee here is tasty, free, and everywhere, and I have all next week to catch up on some Z’s…I will not, however, have time to take in all the incredible things CWDFFL has to offer me when next Monday rolls around. I have so much to share with my CDN readers and Twitter followers—so many things swirling around in my head right now that I can’t even articulate yet—but I am very, very excited to write about them with the focus and attention they deserve over the next few weeks. Today I attended sessions about Women and Diabetes (lead by Brandy Barnes, founder and CEO of the incredible DiabetesSisters organization), “Time Management: Juggling Priorities and Fitting Diabetes Into Life” ( for the benefit of college students and lead by Dr. Korey Hood, PhD, and Marissa Town, BSN, RN) and “Support Through Social Media” (lead by three prominent dblog leaders, Scott Johnson (Scott’s Diabetes), Kerri Sparling (Six Until Me), and Jessica Apple (A Sweet Life), who were all extremely kind and inspiring to a young and relatively new blogger like myself). I was once again awed by the dedication and positive actions of those involved in this conference, particularly the love, passion, and drive of the CWDFFL conference founder and father of a T1D: Jeff Hitchcock. I had stimulating conversations with brilliant minds, and I danced to Gangnam Style on the dance floor with diabetes industry businessmen and women; I even got to spend a couple hours in Downtown Disney with my awesome new Friends for Life that I’ve met over the past two days at this conference. It’s 3:15 in the morning and I’m getting up in less than four hours, so I’m forced to keep a day full of so many emotions brief…of all the things I did and learned today, I think the photo below sums up my day. At the Diabetes Hands Foundation Exhibit Hall booth, I selected a word that describes me and my diabetes and wrote it in the palm of my hand…I hope someday this word can describe you and your diabetes, too.