What is Thrive-abetes?

Thrive-abetes; The Thrive with Type 1 Diabetes Conference is a one day conference for parents of children with type 1 diabetes and for adults living with type 1 diabetes. It takes place on Saturday, October 3rd 2015 in The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
"Thrive-abetes" is a first-of-it's-kind event in Ireland - a conference organised by people with type 1 diabetes for people with type 1 diabetes!
What is Thrive-betes going to offer?
This Type 1 Diabetes conference will focus on the psychological impact of living with a chronic, lifelong illness. We aim to provide “Inspiration, Motivation and Information”  to people living with type 1 diabetes, both parents of children with diabetes and adults at our conference.
We have invited speakers who are internationally renowned in the diabetes community, some of whom are living with type 1, and speakers who are nationally recognised as diabetes healthcare professionals.

View our conference programme here.
Register here.
Who is organising Thrive-abetes?
The core organisers of this event are;
Grainne Flynn is an adult with type 1 diabetes for 21 years. She has been volunteering with the Clare branch of Diabetes Ireland since 2008, organising several diabetes education meetings, type 2 diabetes screenings and fundraisers. She also facilitates the Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes support groups in Clare. Currently, she is a stay-at-home Mum of two school-aged children.
Rebecca Flanagan is originally from America but living in Co. Clare for 16 years, and is owner and manager of Ballyvara House, a luxury self-catering guesthouse.  Rebecca’s father has type 1 diabetes (since the age of 13), and her 14 year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was 8 years old.  She has been fundraising for Diabetes Ireland through participating in Run-a-Muck, the LA Marathon and several of the Clare 10K runs.
Christine Meehan is an adult with type 1 diabetes for 8 years. She has a BA degree in Community and Family Studies from NUIG. She has volunteered with Diabetes Ireland at Teen Activity day, as well as with Childline, Clare Youth Service as a Youth work assistant and with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland as a carer to participants with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus during their summer camps for past 3 years running.

We have also had a lot of help from the Diabetes Community and from volunteers. 

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