Attending the ADCES Conference as a NextGen Leader for CDN opened me up to various mentorship experiences, learning about advances in the field of diabetes care, and allowed me to gain access to companies working to improve diabetes technology. Through discussions with the mentor picked for me by CDN, Carol, I was connected with others working in the field of diabetes technology, an area I am interested in going into following graduate school. During various sessions at the conference, I heard about the integration of behavioral health into diabetes care, the use of do-it-yourself closed loop systems, and (the familiar) issues of skin reactivity to the many wearable devices diabetes use. These sessions both reassured me that progress in the field of diabetes care and education is being made, and opened my eyes to the progress that is still yet to come, with my peers and me as allies.
As the only one in my family with T1D, I did not know these resources existed growing up. It filled me with hope to be introduced to a community of like-minded diabetes educators wanting to help those like my younger self.