sisterTALK Blogs

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Are you new to diabetes? Did you recently find out you are expecting? Do you feel as though no one really understands what you go through on a daily basis? Are you terrified of doing something wrong? Would you like to hear about another woman’s struggles and triumphs with diabetes?

You can find exactly what you are looking for HERE at DiabetesSisters. Through our sisterTALK blogs, you will find an outstanding network of women who share their thoughts and feelings about the nuances of living with diabetes in weekly blogs. Whether you are experiencing Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, or pregnancy and diabetes, there is someone here who "speaks your language." Every woman is highlighted for 3-6 months to tell us about her diabetes journey in her own words. By rotating bloggers on a 3-6 month basis, our readers are allowed to read about many different perspectives on the disease. If you have something in common with our highlighted bloggers or have a thought to share, we invite you to post it below the blog. If you are interested in serving as one of our "highlighted bloggers", please email our Blog Team Manager at anna@diabetessisters.org.

What is your health mantra for the New Year?

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Recently, I heard this quote, "I want to change but not if it means changing", and it got me to thinking. Why is it so hard to change our habits?  Perhaps we develop comfort in what is familiar and don't want to give things up even if it means improvement.  Maybe our ideas about change are unrealistic- we want to transform ourselves into something we can never be.  

New Year, New Me?

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

It's January again. Time for resolutions to be made (and broken), gym membership promotions, nutrition ads, and the catch phrase "New Year, New You". What do they mean by New Year, New You? Are they telling me that the old me should be left behind with the old year? Am I not good enough for this new year? Am I to be traded in for this year's model?

Chin up, Buttercup! (Keeping those resolutions)

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

The holidays are over and it’s a bright new year. I’m sure that just like everyone else - certainly like me - you have some resolutions for this new year. Some of my biggest resolutions this year include spending more time outdoors, being more active, and doing more of what makes me happy. Seems simple...right? Well, it should be. But then there’s my constant companion, diabetes. It is the one thing that adds complication to pretty much everything. (Even as I sat trying to write this blog post, my Dexcom CGM started giving me that dreaded “low glucose alert”.)

A Fresh Start

Perspectives

I can’t believe it! We’ve made it through another year. By all accounts, 2016 wasn’t the best of times but in my opinion, it wasn’t the worst of times either. If any one of us looks back, we can find things to be grateful for. I think this is especially true for those of us living with diabetes. For me, 2016 was all about stepping out more into the DOC (diabetes online community) and exposing to my friends and family, more of what it's like to live day in and out with diabetes which includes blogging for you here at Diabetes Sisters over the next 6 months.

Diabetes and Family

Student Blog

Sometimes I think the fact that I am living with type 1 diabetes is harder on my parents than it is for me. It is hard to imagine how it would feel watching your child prick their finger, give themselves a shot, and feel the symptoms of a high or low blood sugar, without knowing how it feels. However, this is what a parent of a type 1 diabetic endures everyday. I think it is easier when you have type 1 diabetes yourself, because you are used to being on high-alert, and taking care of yourself, but you do not have the worry that a parent carries around.

5 Tips for Smart Snacking with Diabetes

Perspectives

By Liza Resurreccion

Liza Resurreccion joined Medtronic Diabetes in 2006 as a Diabetes Clinical Manager in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked directly with patients and healthcare providers. She enjoyed training patients on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems, helping them to achieve better diabetes management. In 2010, Liza joined the Clinical Education team at Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, CA, providing clinical input and training strategies for our pump and CGM products.

Healthy Snacks

Just Like Insulin, Birth Control is a Management Tool- Not a Cure

Perspectives

My last blog was about the benefits of birth control for me. I didn’t talk much about the diabetes because I felt that it deserved it’s own space. (along with a few other things).
So birth control and diabetes?
Well to begin with the birth control helps with a lot the period symptoms and problems I have which in term helps with the diabetes.

You Can Thrive during the Holiday Season!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Last night at the PODS meetup in Princeton, New Jersey, the subject of discussion was "How to Thrive and not feel Deprived during the Holiday Season".  As we all well know, the combination of the onset of winter and seasonal holiday gatherings can be a formidible challenge when trying to keep on top of our health.  Members of our group expressed anger at the restrictions they face when surrounded by food that is special and particularly appealing.  Also, friends and family may be well meaning but it is up to us decide what is best for ourselves.