For the past four years I've been invited by Abbott to a conference bringing together people with diabetes from across Europe to discuss various topics. The first year I was meant to attend, it was my 'man v horse' year (the horse won!), so was unable to attend and then the pandemic hit so two further dX's were held virtually. I was fortunate to be asked to present at last year's session. This year's event was back in-person and held in Barcelona, coinciding with the latter part of the ATTD conference.
At this point, I must make it very clear - Abbott invited me to the 2022 European Diabetes Exchange forum (dX), that took place in Barcelona. I attended this two-day event to connect and interact with inspirational and influential people in the diabetes community. Abbott paid for my ticket and accommodation. #InvitedbyAbbott. This is formal and it needs to be - I have not been required to do anything by Abbott as a result of my attendance and I hope that my transparency enables the output from the conference to be viewed as my opinions formed out of discussions with some awesome people, not coming from a corporate entity. There were 30 delegates from 9 different countries, including 6 from the UK. This is about working together and leading the conversation - Abbott facilitates this, and I am very grateful and feel privileged to have been selected to attend.
So, with the boring (but important) stuff out of the way, I'll briefly summarise what we got up to, hopefully not too much in the primary school style - "What I did on my holidays"! - and go onto try and distil the overall themes and outputs into something that people can take forward to make the lives of people with diabetes better. After all, what better outcome is there than that - apart from a cure!