I can’t quite believe how quickly this has come around – cliché, I know, but it really does feel like just yesterday (instead of 3 months ago) when I was sitting at the table telling my boyfriend’s parents all about ‘this blogging competition I’ve entered with Diabetes UK – but I don’t think I’ll get it, it’s no big deal’ etc. etc. (side note – it was a big deal – I was just trying to play it cool as I had no idea if I had any real chance of winning a place at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (OK massive deal), and didn’t want to get my hopes up. Hilarious thing is, is that the email congratulating me on being one of 5 bloggers to win a place had actually been sitting in my emails all that day – just, of course, it had gone straight to spam (cheers Hotmail) – so moral of this story is always check your spam – it may have a couple of diamonds in there…!).
And yet here I am – me and my super over-pack suitcase on the 3.40pm from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, and I’m feeling all the feels. As usual with me, it’s not until the last minute that the reality of something ‘big’ like this starts to hit or any nerves kick in. I’ve spent all week feeling dead excited, chatting to people going with me, reading over and over the programme, and tweeting #DUKPC like I know exactly what to expect and exactly what I’m doing – cue side note 2 – I don’t. It was only when packing yesterday that I started to think a little more anxiously about what to expect from the conference myself, and what was expected of me. I mean I have a few things in mind – I expect it to be exciting, hectic, and insightful. I expect to learn a heck of a lot, and I also expect to be exhausted. I also imagine that I’ll get lost, both physically (the conference centre looks huuuuuge) and scientifically, and wonder if I’ll keep up. But mainly, I expect the whole experience to be pretty inspiring – and I can’t wait.
Another one of the ‘feels’ I have right now is feeling very grateful to have this opportunity. When starting my Instagram account and blog last Spring, I didn’t in a million years think I’d be wearing a press pass at a professional event for Diabetes UK 9 months later (trust me – I would have picked a better Instagram/Twitter handle than ‘sssweeeet’ if I’d known how important it would be – trying to spell that out is a nightmare) – but I am, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be doing so. I just hope I can make the most of the opportunity to help raise awareness of T1 & T2 diabetes, shed some light over the up and coming research going into both, and try and develop and share my understanding of some of the many, complex aspects of diabetes.
If you’re interested in hearing more from the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, myself and 4 other bloggers will be tweeting throughout the 3-day event using the hashtag #DUKPC (my twitter handle is @sssweeeet11), as well as blogging all about the various sessions we’ll be attending throughout. Oh, and don’t worry – there are loads of topics being presented – from new technologies, to variation in care, pregnancy, retinopathy, diabetic foot disease, hypoglycaemia – the list goes on.
See you on the other side!
oh HELLO press pass
For more information on the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, take a look at the Diabetes UK Website here.