I’m back from one of the busiest and most enjoyable conferences I have ever attended. The International Diabetes Federation’s World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver was a frantic few days, preceded by the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network Forum. Before I get to the nitty gritty of the week, here are some pictures. They tell more than a thousand words and give you an idea of just some of the week. Let your fingers do the scrolling!

WDC2

Obligatory ‘Outside the conference centre’ photo. I have quite a collection!

 

Banting. The man I owe my life to.

Banting. The man to whom I owe my life.

 

Spending time with inspirational women is one of the perks of this job. Sue Alberti at the joint PDSG and young Leaders lunch.

Spending time with inspirational women is one of the perks of this job. Sue Alberti at the joint PDSG and Young Leaders lunch.

 

WDC.9

My talk abstract.

 

And getting ready to take the stage...

And getting ready to take the stage…

 

WDCtalk

And actually on the stage!

 

WDCBaldrick

Slightly blurry, unfortunately, but this great slide was from Professor Jane Speight (ACBRD) in one of her excellent presentations about hypoglycaemia.

 

Because I'm a smart arse. (Also - ridiculous policy!)

Because I’m a smart arse. (Also – ridiculous policy!)

I also had the chance to catch up with friends and other diabetes advocates and activists from around the globe.

WDCgirls

These girls! Annie (@understudypancreas) and Kerri (@sixuntilme) make being away from my family just that little bit easier.

 

Outgoing president of the YLD program, Keegan Hall. He's my partner in sarcasm!

Outgoing president of the YLD program, Keegan Hall. He’s my partner in sarcasm!

 

Annie giving an incredibly eloquent and moving presentation about diabetes in her family, sharing her daughter's story.

Annie giving an incredibly eloquent and moving presentation about diabetes in her family, sharing her daughter’s story.

 

WDCCherise

Cherise talking about DSMA and the amazing story that is #Simonpalooza. (Google it!)

 

WDCsquad

Fun folks.

 

WDCbastian

Bastian from #DeDEC speaking about a brilliant initiative he ran in Germany on WDD this year.

 

Dinner on the last night with Fredrik and Kyle from mySugr, and Bastian from DEDOC

Dinner on the last night with Fredrik and Kyle from mySugr, and Bastian from DEDOC

Lots of things to write about in the coming days so stay tuned. It was a terrific conference. But I am so happy to be home!

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