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 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.

Menstrual Cycle and Diabetes: An Extra Set of Challenges

Ask our CDE

Diabetes and the menstrual cycle can have a tricky relationship with each other. Hormones associated with the menstrual cycle can affect blood sugar levels and vice versa. Many women choose to monitor their cycle to some degree. This process can help you detect if there are patterns in your menstrual cycle and your blood sugar numbers. Perhaps, you run higher right before or during your cycle. This can last 3-5 days before, during, or after menstruation.

When Diagnoses Collide- PCOS and Diabetes

Perspectives

Type 1 Diabetes has been joining me in this journey called life since I was 7 years old. I’m a born and raised GA peach who graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 and hightailed it up to Boston immediately after graduation to start working for the College Diabetes Network as the Program Assistant, and I haven’t looked back. I loved being involved in the diabetes community every chance I get. I’ve been volunteering at Camp Kudzu since 2012 where I was a camper growing up. I also blog and rant on the internet about type 1 diabetes, mental health, and now PCOS.

Diabetes Independence: Where Independence Grows as You Do

Student Blog

I often think that in the chronic disease category, type 1 diabetes is rare in the sense that it is one of the only diseases that requires 24/7 care done by the patient themselves. It is up to the patient to determine doses of insulin, a possibly lethal drug. How many other chronic diseases do you know of that require that kind of care?

Before Diabetes - After Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I will never forget the moment I was told I have diabetes. It was a Thursday afternoon and I was at work, sitting at my desk when the phone rang. It was my doctor. She said, "Eileen, you have diabetes. You need to come see me first thing tomorrow morning." It was that simple. And yet, it wasn't simple at all. I was 43, thin, healthy, and active. Many people would say to me over the coming years, "How can you have diabetes? You are the healthiest person I know!" Yep, I was the healthiest person I knew! Only now I was the healthiest person with DIABETES. As if this weren't complicated enough, like most adults, I was misdiagnosed as a Type 2, by my first two doctors. I did everything right and my A1C continued to rise. I tried a third doctor. The nurse advised me that because I was thin, I didn't need any medication at all. And she argued with me when I insisted that type 2 treatment wasn't working and I really thought there was something else going on. The final straw was when she said to me "you sound like you want to be type 1." Really? Does anyone WANT to have diabetes? of any kind? Really?

Welcome to the 62+ and Type 2 Blog!!!!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

It is my honor and pleasure to begin this important blog “62+ and Type 2”.  I just turned 63 and I have been living with Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. In this relatively short time I have seen so many changes in the resources available to those of us living with diabetes.  Many of these developments have been outside the doctor’s office. For me personally,  it has been access to information in this digital age and the growth of peer support groups.