Friday, March 11, 2011

The DOC Goes To Washington, D. C. & Participates In JDRF's Government Day

I'm going to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to participate in JDRF's Government Day, an event that actually lasts four days and is a mixture of research; training, networking, Advocacy & meeting other families affected by type 1. It's also a great opportunity to let politicians know the real 4-1-1 on living a diabetes life.

And on Sunday, March 13, at 2:15pm EDT, I have the opportunity to be part of a diabetes Blogger Round Table Session with the likes of the awesome: Cherise Shockley; Kerri Morrone Sparling, Scott Strange, Scott Johnson, Kelly Close, Mike Hoskins, Allison Blass & Kim Vlasnik. And I can't wait! You can follow the discussion live on the JDRF's USTREAM channel, or on Facebook, or twitter by looking for the hashtag #JDRFGovDay, and tweets from your DOC reps: @txtngmypancreas @scottkjohnson @diabetesalic @sixuntilme @KellyRawlings

Also, if you have anything you'd like the folks on Capital Hill to know, leave me a comment and you can bet your sweet blood sugar I'll tell the folks that we put in office what's on your mind!

10 comments:

Kimberly said...

Not sure if this is the appropriate place to bring my issue up or not but...state cutbacks on education...they are talking about getting rid of nurses at public schools in Texas. NOT OKAY.

Penny said...

Good for you Kel! Cannot wait to hear about it all. What a great group to be with too!

Yes, as you well know the struggles we have had with G and Medicaid here in PA. Limiting her insulin and what kind, limiting the number of test strips she can have per day, not paying at all for a CGM (so we are screwed on that), the list is endless. I swear Medicaid for one, thinks she is Type 2 and second, would rather have her sick than well. That's the way they have it set up. Any chance you can share my frustration of a child with Type 1 on Medicaid (after being dropped by PA CHIP for being 'too expensive' and chronically ill) would be great. Thank you hon!

Michael Hoskins said...

Safe travels your way, Kelly! Looking forward to the entire experience and discussion!

Bennet said...

Have fun!

Delaney and I did a JDRF event in 08 that was great fun:
http://www.ydmv.net/2008/02/national-treasure.html

Jillian said...

Safe travels! Enjoy the city!

Scott K. Johnson said...

K2!

1) Can't wait to see you again!

2) I am proud to be up there with you and the rest of our group.

3) I think the opportunity for all of us to experience this will help us help everyone we can, and I'm looking forward to learning, and teaching, and just simply experiencing it all.

See ya soon!

Meri said...

Tell them how it is Kelly! Let them know how complicated this disease is!

Have a safe trip and let Washington know how fabulous you are!

Rachel said...

so glad you're taking part :)

ferringb said...

@Sonya, it's not just the new folk- it really pays to do your own research. 11 years as a lean type 1, was very close to taking folks heads off when I found cheap 31 gauge 5/16th's via amazon on a lark search. Prior to that, I'd basically been on 28 gauge half inch for the last decade.

Those @#*!ers hurt, no ifs, ands, or buts about it, especially when the main problems I'm having with pumps/CGM is finding enough fat to use to embed the sucker.

Either way, off to find 3/16th 31 gaugers now for the backup syringes ;)

Wendy said...

So excited and SO WISHING I WAS THERE!!!! Honored to know you guys and SO PROUD of my blogging peeps for representing -- HOLLA!