I am currently at the 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, representing DiabetesSisters. It's an honor to be among the attendees who have convened from over 170 countries. On Wednesday, December 6, at 11:45am local time, I'll be sharing results and stories from our events. Joining me will be Advisory Council member Nicole Bereolos, Ph.D., MPH, CDE, and Christel Marchand Aprigliano, Founder of the Diabetes Collective to specifically discuss how Weekend for Women and the Diabetes UnConference have benefited people living with diabetes through peer support and education. Stay tuned for a write up next month!
On the home-front, we have brought together another great newsletter to share this month. Check out dates and times for upcoming PODS Meetups in the right side column, as well as a free event hosted by our friends at Integrated Diabetes Services later this week. And don't forget our articles and blogs, written by women living with diabetes.
Below, you'll read recaps on the exciting work happening in our community - from a Dr. Oz show spotlight to World Diabetes Day involvements to our recent event focused on South Asian women and diabetes.
You can read more about our PODS Meetup group in Rochester, NY (College Town) who are growing and creating change in their health. We are so grateful to our PODS Leaders who plan and lead throughout the year, so our community can learn from one another and thrive.
We've also shared a great resource from AADE, focused on eating during the holidays. I'm sure we've all been there: trying to maintain blood sugar ranges while enjoying the many treats and social events of the holiday season.
As we begin to wind down the year, I urge you to please think of DiabetesSisters. If you shop online, please use Amazon Smile and designate DiabetesSisters as a recipient. Or, if you plan to support your favorite organizations, please consider our SisterStrength program.
Last but not least, I'd like to wind down this eventful year by thanking YOU - for your involvement, your support, and your desire to learn and live best with diabetes.
Best wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season! Happy new year!
Anna Norton, MS, CEO
24 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes
SPOTLIGHT ON: DIABETES AND HEART HEALTH FEATURED ON THE DR. OZ SHOW
On November 3rd, DiabetesSisters member and former PODS Leader Anne Dalin was a guest on The Dr. Oz Show to discuss life with Type 2 diabetes and a heart condition. Anne did a fantastic job telling the story of her diagnosis and the healthy changes she's made. She also explained that support from DiabetesSisters helped her on her journey. Great job, Anne!
CELEBRATING OUR SISTERS: TAKING WORLD DIABETES DAY BY STORM
DiabetesSisters were out in force on World Diabetes Day. Here are highlights of some activities our PODS Leaders were up to on November 14th:
Sarah MacLeod, Boston-area PODS Leader, was at the Massachusetts State House, advocating and spreading awareness. Her activities that day included a meeting with Senator Patrick O'Connor to discuss diabetes. Sarah leads two PODS Meetups in the Greater Boston Area.
Karen Graffeo, Virtual PODS Leader and DiabetesSisters Program Manager, headed to New York City to take part in a WDD dinner hosted by Ambassador, Consul General Anne Dorte Riggelsen of Denmark, and co-hosted by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and Novo Nordisk Inc. Dinner discussion focused on ways to increase awareness of the links between cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Also in New York City, Karen Rose Tank, Princeton PODS Leader, and Diane Salem Bajalia, Jacksonville PODS Leader, joined forces and sported blue for diabetes awareness while in the audience of the Rachel Ray show. They also celebrated Diane's 28th diaversary.
A big thank you to all our DiabetesSisters members and PODS Leaders for all that you do to educate, advocate, and spread awareness about diabetes. We are honored to celebrate with you!
PODS SPOTLIGHT: DIABETESSISTERS OF ROCHESTER, NY (COLLEGE TOWN)
After being a dedicated PODS Meetup member for several years in Rochester, NY, Julie Wilson attended her first DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference in Washington DC in April 2014. She inspired to give even more to other women with diabetes by starting a new PODS Meetup in another part of Rochester. This core group of 4-6 women finds the time and energy to gather for peer support and education regarding life with diabetes.
"DiabetesSisters and PODS Meetups have changed my life with diabetes. I finally realized that I am not alone living with this disease."
- Julie, Rochester, NY (College Town) PODS Leader
Julie and other PODS members like the support that they give (and get from) the group, and appreciate knowing they are there. "We know we can reach out to each other outside of monthly meetings, like when we have a rough day living with diabetes and need someone to listen who gets it."
RECAP: HEALTHY LIVING WITH DIABETES: A FORUM FOR SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN
DiabetesSisters joined with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, SATHI, and Rutgers Medical School to bring expert speakers, local resources, and community members together on November 18 in Old Bridge, NJ duringHealthy Living with Diabetes: A Forum for South Asian Women
The forum included a panel with clinical perspectives from health care providers and researchers, and a panel on community perspectives from local diabetes prevention, education, and wellness organizations. More than 60 attendees also enjoyed a mindfulness meditation break, and resources from DiabetesSisters, SATHI South Asian Total Health Initiative, Robert Wood Johnson Wellness Center, Rutgers Institute for Women's Health, and American Diabetes Association New Jersey Affiliate
Shailja Mathur, community perspectives panelist and co-organizer of the event, is a new PODS Leader with DiabetesSisters. She invited attendees to join her in starting a new PODS Meetup in the Greater Old Bridge area in January 2018.
Some of the organizers and speakers who made the forum a success.
We are pleased to be an organizer of this successful event and look forward to bringing more forums on diabetes and women's health to underserved populations in the future.
Thank you to our Minority Initiative sponsors: AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Lilly, Janssen, and Novo Nordisk for their commitment in 2017.
RESOURCE GUIDE: HOLIDAY MEALS
FIRST STEPS TOWARD AN ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS
Join Integrated Diabetes Services on Wednesday, December 6th for a free event discussing insights and experience on current and future hybrid closed loop options. To join the meeting live online, like/follow the Integrated Diabetes Services facebook page, and just go to the page on 12/6 at 7:30pm EST for the live-stream link.
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