IN FORMATION

EDITOR’S NOTE

IN FORMATION: BUILDING A COMMUNITY, ONE EDUCATOR—AND ENEWSLETTER—AT A TIME

IN FORMATION:

BUILDING A COMMUNITY, ONE EDUCATOR—AND ENEWSLETTER—AT A TIME

BY LAUREL MESSER, RN, MPH, CDE

“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”

As diabetes educators, there are times when this is one of the most important things we can say to our patients or to their parents/guardians. These can be powerful words for the mother convinced her teenage son has a concussion because he cannot remember to test his blood sugar at lunch. Ever. Or for the career engineer who cannot figure out how to reduce his post-breakfast blood sugar spike no matter what he tries.

Sometimes the only things we can do as educators are listen, reassure, and encourage. And sometimes, that is enough.

This is a critical message for us as diabetes educators, too: We are not alone. Though we have roles in a variety of settings such as clinical care, industry, advocacy, fundraising, and research, we are all working toward a common goal: to provide support, education, and solidarity to those living with diabetes. Until there is a cure, we are here.

In the Know is designed to equip us with real-world knowledge from our colleagues and contemporaries. Our collective insights and sharing of information and best practices are vital to improving life with diabetes. When we work together, IN FORMATION, our craft evolves and we become better. After a decade in diabetes care, I still learn every day from fellow educators just like you.

The science of diabetes can be learned from any number of resources. The art of diabetes care is passed among ourselves. My goal as guest editor of In the Know is to provide you with a much-needed connection to your diabetes education community. You are not alone, but IN FORMATION with thousands of colleagues, marching toward one goal.

WELCOME!

Laurel Messer, RN, MPH, CDE, guest editor of In the Know, is a proud diabetes educator and clinical research nurse who has specialized for the past 10 years in type 1 diabetes, insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and artificial pancreas device system studies. She works with pediatric and adult patients at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colo. Laurel helped author the Pump and CGM Pink Panther book and has contributed to others in the series.