I attended two ADA Scientific Sessions while working for DiabetesMine, but last year I skipped out because I wanted to attended the AADE conference instead. Since I wasn’t on staff with a publication, I had to pay out of pocket. AADE was not only fit my career of choice, it was also being held three hours from me in Philadelphia. This year, AADE is being held in Orlando in August on my birthday, and having gone to three AADE conferences in a row, it didn’t really seem like the sessions were going to be anything new.
While investigating the ADA Scientific Sessions, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are going to be some psychosocial sessions in addition to the research updates. It remains to be seen whether those sessions will actually be worth anything, but the speakers listed are ones that I know and respect, so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s presented. I might not be actively pursuing a career as a diabetes educator anymore, but I’m still deeply invested in helping people with diabetes.
Plus, who doesn’t love San Francisco?!
It will also give me a chance to visit Erica, one of my best friends and the designer of the Blue Cupcake cards. We’re going to be launching the newest line of Blue Cupcake cards at the ADA Scientific Sessions. I think you guys are really going to like them. They were inspired by my DSMA Live appearance, so I’m really excited to show them off! I’ll have complimentary cards on hand at the conference, so if you’re there, let me know!
Since ADA requires a certain number of pageviews to attend as press, I had to find someone to essentially sponsor my trip. AADE does not have this requirement, and essentially any blogger can attend as press as long as you write about it within a couple of months after the conference. Because The Blood Sugar Whisperer doesn’t have the minimum pageviews, I’ll be writing a recap about the conference for Insulin Nation. I’ll post a link when it’s published!