Diabetes Connections presents:

Moms' Night Out

October 13-14, 2023

Frisco, TX

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Moms' Night Out Frisco
Conference Report

 

Moms’ Night Out Frisco was our second conference and the very first one “on the road.” This Dallas, TX suburb was an excellent place for what we saw as a test of whether we could make this event work outside of our home market of Charlotte, NC. Spoiler: it was amazing!

We kicked things off at the Hyatt Regency Frisco Dallas with a welcome toast. Stacey balanced on a chair just to make sure everyone could see and hear her. That was the only wobbly part of Friday. A full vendor fair was a great chance to see and learn about the newest technology and studies. New for this conference: Tandem’s Mobi pump on display (our first time seeing it in person), Mannkind’s INHALE study recruiting for pediatric Afrezza trials, and Sanofi explaining Tzield, approved earlier this year.

Our check-ins were manned by two amazing educators. Attendees sign up in advance to meet with a diabetes expert and get a quick, 15 minutes check-in. Dr. Stephen Ponder FAAC, CDCES brought his trademark funny hats along with his 50+ years of living with T1D. Dana Roseman, MPH, CDCES, RDN also lives with type 1 and gave out wonderful advice. She’ll join us again in Charlotte in February 2024.

Our signature drink was a Le’MOM-tini, a delicious version of the lemon martini. Mocktails and cocktails were enjoyed as we started Cocktails and Crafts. Friendship bracelets were our craft at this event.  

Friday’s speaker was Rob Howe from Diabetics Doing Things.  Diagnosed as a teenager, Rob talked about his relationship with his parents, how his family managed T1D and how he was able to play professional sports. Rob was entertaining but also serious and emotional at times.

Friday was Stacey’s birthday and her husband Slade surprised her with a (gluten-free) cupcake as the crowd sang Happy Birthday! We had our raffles for Kendra Scott jewelry, a VIVI cap, and Stacey’s books and called it a night.

Saturday morning, we were back at 9am with coffee and breakfast. Our speaker, Melissa Lee, was incredible. Melissa, who lives with type 1, talked about how diabetes is like the chair she used as a prop – something that’s always with her. She pointed out, though, that the chair has legs for support and that the burden of diabetes can be shared with support from others. This is a really quick summary of her talk, we hope she gives it again, because it got a strong and wonderful reaction. Melissa also created and performed a song parody – changing the words of Miley Cyrus’s “I can buy myself flowers” to a diabetes theme. She then proceeded to teach it to all of us at our closing photo. You can see the video in the photo gallery.

We then had a panel where D-Mom Cami DiRoberto and I spoke about independence and T1D – how do you get our child ready to go off on their own? That’s not just for leaving to go to college or when they move out, it’s about sleepovers and camps and field trips. Cami has had to use emergency glucagon with her child several times and she shared about those experiences as well. I’m creating a podcast episode with that audio – it should be available in December. The panel was sponsored by Gvoke Hypopen.

After our closing photos, we lingered in the lobby. It took a long time for everyone to leave – we just wanted to stay and chat! Our first on-the-road Moms’ Night Out was a fabulous success.

Next stop, Providence, RI!

More information on all our upcoming and past events here

What To Expect

Exhibitor fair

learn about the latest in insulin pumps, CGM, and meter technology as well as diabetes management options.

Cocktails & Crafts: engage in a fun, hands-on activity while you get to know other moms. Enjoy signature cocktails and/or non-alcoholic drinks.

Dinner is included

Meet new friends and catch up with those you already know around a great meal you don’t have to cook (or carb-count)

Coffee and breakfast Saturday morning

Our speaker Saturday morning will send you home with practical advice to address the unique challenges we moms face.

All attendees will receive a swag bag full of freebies

Guest Speakers

Rob Howe of Diabetics Doing Things

Diagnosed with type 1 at age 16, Rob started Diabetics Doing Things in 2015 with a simple mission: Help One Person. Over 1.8 million podcast downloads (and counting) and speaking at dozens of Diabetes events across the world, Rob continues to build Diabetics Doing Things with the hope that the community will continue to grow and provide encouragement, positivity, tools, tactics, hacks and hope for everyone with Type-1 Diabetes.

Advocate & Innovator Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee has lived with type 1 for 33 years and is a long-time writer and advocate. Currently she leads global instructional design for Insulet, maker of Omnipod. Previously, Melissa led the Diabetes Hands Foundation, and held positions at Tidepool and Bigfoot Biomedical. 

Check-In with our Experts

A check-in at Moms’ Night Out is your chance to sit down with an endocrinologist or diabetes educator and “check-in” with any questions you may have about T1D management. You should always bring any management changes to your child’s healthcare team, but these consultations will be reassuring and helpful.

When check-in signups open, an email will go out ONLY to those registered for that city. Slots are limited and will go quickly.

Dr. Stephen Ponder, FAAC, CDCES

Renown pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Stephen Ponder is the author of Sugar Surfing and the medical director of Texas Lions Camp. He's been named diabetes educator of the year, and has lived with T1D himself for more than 50 years.

Dana Roseman, MPH, CDCES, RDN

Dana's specialties include hybrid closed-loop (“artificial pancreas”) technologies, pump therapy, CGM, and weight management. She has considerable experience working with people of all ages, particularly teens and young adults. She was diagnosed with T1D as a young adult and is active with Camp Sweeney.

The Venue

Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas

 Walk next door to nearly 200 shops and restaurants at Stonebriar Centre Mall, or take a short drive from our Frisco hotel to stadiums, nightlife, and convention centers

Photo of Stacey Simms during an interview

About Your Host

Stacey Simms is the host of the long-running and award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections. She is the author of “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, Real-Life Stories of Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes,” and the upcoming “STILL The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom.” 

Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned two, back in 2006; she’s been sharing her family’s experience with T1D ever since.

Learn more about Stacey here

She has been featured in almost every diabetes publication and outlet including: Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Forecast magazines, Beyond Type 1, JDRF, Diabetes Daily, Healthline, DiaTribe, T1D Everyday Magic and more.   

Contact Us

FAQs

This is a conference designed for mothers of children with diabetes, with a focus on type 1. We will not turn any adult in the diabetes community away, but all of our programming is geared to moms. Please, no children in the conference space, this is meant to be a relaxing kid-free respite. 

Friday:

3pm Check-In opens, get your swag bag!

3-6pm Vendor Fair

3-6pm Check-Ins with educators  (advance signups)

5-6:30pm Cocktails & Crafts

6:30pm Dinner & Opening Keynote

8pm – Socialize and hang out!

Saturday:

9am Coffee & Breakfast

9:30am Panel

10:30am Closing Keynote

11:45 Group photos

Relax & socialize before you head back home

No, but we urge you to do so! Part of the fun (and learning) at this conference is about being away from your children with diabetes, something we moms rarely get to do. Staying at the hotel is not required, but there will be informal socializing there after dinner and in the morning that you won’t want to miss.

No. The only groups that are allowed to hand out literature and/or demonstrate products are those with an agreement with us. There are lots of lower-cost options. Please let us know if you’re interested.

We will adhere to all local and state laws, rules, and regulations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID. We encourage everyone who is eligible to be fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage everyone to self-test with a rapid antigen test before coming to the conference. 

We’d love to take this show on the road! Reach out at info@diabetes-connections.com and let us know where we should go next!