The first evening, we connected with our wonderful Dr. Joyce Lee @joyclee, an Endocrinologist/Researcher/Designer of the inspiring University of Michigan #MakeHealth movement to listen to an equally inspiring and creative guest presenter; Sarah Krugman from Tidepool. The open - invitation event connected a few T1D professionals locally to review a few of the recent data management innovations that Sarah and the team from Tidepool created; notably Blip and Nutshell.
Yet, it was a reward indeed because what I have discovered is that the life we live while living with type one diabetes is often most impacted, by the people that we surround ourselves with.
Just through attending Sarah's presentation, both girls left the meeting with a gift. The gift was the powerful message of having the confidence to create through personal expression. As background to how Sarah landed where she was with Tidepool today, she openly shared her background; including a diagnosis with type one diabetes and how her personal journey had led her through art projects that showcased the raw, emotional and personal story of living with chronic illness. Those art projects led to positions within process and product design and from there, she was able to channel her expertise into meaningful new products with patient-centered design.
Nothing clarifies this more than listening to two young ladies eagerly chatting about what they want to do and how they want to do it. As our youngest said, "I can do that too. Sarah should see my idea book. I've got to get working on it."
Sharing stories with her sister and the rest of our family, oldest daughter said, "Remember that teacher (professor) that asked about research? I loved how surprised she was when I answered her questions about not giving up when projects fail. With T1D, we can't ever give up. We have to do what we need to do. It was awesome to see that she understood. I can't wait to go to school with people like that. I'm going to do so well there."
I have a feeling that she most certainly will.