Speaking at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress in Busan

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It’s an honor, it’s a privilege, it’s a pleasure. Thursday, December 5th, 10:15 AM I’ll be speaking as part of a panel at the scientific IDF World Congress. As part of the “Education and integrated care” stream, I’ll present to health professionals and researchers the Flourishing Approach – how health professionals can work with people who have diabetes from a biological approach, not our current machine approach. So, if you happen to be in Busan, South Korea….please do drop in.

Also, hanging in the poster exhibit room will be two posters I’m co-author of and very proud of. One, with Trent Brookshier, a newly minted lovely doctor. It’s our joint concept that renaming Pre-diabetes Stage 1 of Type 2 diabetes that both people with diabetes and their doctor would take quicker action. He ran a study that showed just this. The other poster captures (as seen below) the remarkable diabetes camp psychologist Daniela Rojas ran in Costa Rica this year with my book, The ABCs of Loving Yourself With Diabetes as a tool for shared reading and sharing of feelings after each camp activity. 67 kids got to talk about things they never had before from bullying to shame to grief for their parents.

Click here to see Stage 1 Poster renaming Pre-Diabetes

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On the way, the husband and I will be first going to Sendai, Japan, where we’ll be presenting the Flourishing Approach to clinicians at the Sendai Diabetes Clinic and Education Center. I don’t know, does the world get smaller as I get older? Both the husband and I lived in Japan, separately (actually that’s where we met) so this is rather amazing; the first time anyone in Japan will here about the Flourishing Approach.

After the IDF conference, we’ll return to visit friends in Tokyo and then head south to Sydney where we will be staying with friends. That’s the vacation part, or rather the writing a book about the Flourishing Approach writing retreat. Our friends have houses in both Sydney and the Blue Mountains, it will be summer in winter and there will be no distractions other than blueberry picking. Now that’s a perfect formula for writing a book.

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Yes, that’s a photo from the last trip to Oz. Yes, there will be photos on Facebook. Hope to see you there.

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