Last week I received an email from my favourite person at the Niagara Diabetes Centre. She asked me if I would be willing to speak at the Hamilton-Niagara Chapter of the DES (Diabetes Educator Section) in March.
An opportunity to speak to people who work with people with diabetes? To tell them what it is like to have diabetes, to struggle with a diagnosis, to dread medical appointments, to fear the A1C?
To tell them about the amazing things that I have had the opportunity to do because of diabetes? To tell them about the DOC and how important a role it plays?
To inspire them so that they can inspire others who are struggling with the daily tedium of diabetes management?
So now I need to prepare a presentation. There will be twenty-five minutes (give or take) of talking and then five minutes (or more I hope) of questions. The audience will be forty to fifty nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers and psychologists.
This is the kind of thing that would have instilled terror a few years ago. Chances are, if I were asked, I would have said no.
Now I say 'bring it on!'.
So, dear readers, I will have a captive audience for half an hour. What do you think are some important messages that I should share with them?