sisterTALK Blogs

Welcome to the sisterTALK Blogs!

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 comment below the blog. If you are interested in serving as one of our "highlighted bloggers", please email us at info@diabetessisters.org.

Moving past those bad blood sugar days (and getting smarter about exercise)

Type 1 Diabetes Blog
I’ve reached that point in my life. The point in my life that when I share that I have diabetes, I get that knowing look. The look that says, “Yes, I can see you’re overweight.” Then come the suggestions that my diabetes will magically go away if I just exercise and control my diet. For the most part, I try to be patient with new people. I understand that most people see the commercials on television that talk about how this new pill helps control an adult’s blood sugar along with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Stepping Back and Giving Myself Some Credit

Perspectives

I struggle with things outside of my control. I want to be able to control everything. I always wish that if I put my all into everything and follow directions, I will see my desired result.

That’s possible in a lot of avenues. Chronic illness? Not so much. You can do all of the “right” things with diabetes- one day you might get all the desired results you and your endocrinologist hope for. But… maybe the next day that isn’t so- even if you do EXACTLY the same thing. It’s frustrating. It can be really disheartening. It can put a damper on your motivation. And- it can just hurt (physically, emotionally, and mentally).

How to Avoid Spring Allergies Naturally

Ask our Physician

Q: Dr. Stanislaw, I love the warmer spring temperatures, but I'm dreading dealing with those awful allergy symptoms that I get every year. I don't want to keep taking all of these over-the-counter drugs. Are there natural ways to avoid allergies?

A: Excellent question. Not only are there natural ways, but natural modalities are healthier for you, and can be safer and more effective than OTC remedies.

In order to avoid spring allergy symptoms in these next few months and be able to enjoy being outside, you’ll want to take certain steps to ensure your health and energy levels are at their best. Spring is the perfect time to do some cleaning, not just inside your house, but inside your body as well.

Here are my top tips for ensuring your health is at its best this spring:

A Newbie's Experience - Las Vegas Unconference 2017

Perspectives

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend my very first Unconference in Las Vegas.  While I was still unsure of what to expect, I knew I would see some familiar faces:  Anna Norton, Christel Marchand Aprigliano,  Karen Graffeo, Christel Oereum and a few others from DiabetesSisters conferences I've previously attended.  I also invited my husband to come along with me, as I knew there was a track for people who love us (PLU).

PODS Meetups: The Importance Of Social Influence on Health

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

I was reading the Wall Street Journal and discovered the following report published on 2/26/17, "When Patients Share Stories, Health Insights Emerge."  What researcher's found was that "people are willing to discuss things very frankly when they are in a roomful of people who share their experiences" and " the goal is to understand the unspoken challenges that effect a patient's ability to get and stay healthy."

When are you going to have a baby?

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I got married in July of the year I turned 24. At Thanksgiving of that very same year members of my family were already asking about when my new husband and I were going to start having kids. My answers, at first, were “I don’t know” and “when we’re ready.” But the same question kept occurring at every family occasion and I began to get annoyed. And then one day I was so fed up that I’d had enough and angrily answered, “Never! I hate kids!” That did the trick and I didn’t get that question again for a LONG time.

My two best friends or 10 reasons why menopause ain't for sissies!

Healthy Living

I’m sitting here in Tropical Mauritius in 90-degree heat and sweating like it’s nobody’s business.  We decided to head here for a short mini break to visit friends. When I imagined myself here I thought of romantic balmy nights and long swims on a deserted beach.  So far it’s almost perfect. I say almost because of the two friends I take with me everywhere I go. 

Type 1 diabetes and Menopause.