This was my first time attending a diabetes conference of this type, and I was pleasantly surprised by the wide scope of topics, relating to diabetes, being covered in the programming. I had an expectation of primarily very clinical, research-heavy information sessions regarding technology and medical discovery. While this was certainly present and extremely beneficial, diabetes affects, and is affected by, nearly every aspect of life beyond the medical implications of a diagnosis, and the Friends of Life conference managed to address this very well. I attended sessions about travelling, activism and social media, mental health, professional workplaces, family relationships, education, and insurance, to name a few. These sessions allowed me to interact with an extremely diverse gathering of people living with or affected by diabetes, and reminded me of the part I have within a larger type 1 diabetes community, something which, aside from CDN, I had had little access to since starting college far away from my home and the network of T1D support I had there.