March 2018 eNewsletter

March 2018 eNewsletter

 
 
  
  March 2018, ISSUE 113                                 Sponsored by           
 
 
Dear DiabetesSister, 
  
Spring is right around the corner and I am looking forward to longer days and new blooms. I hope you are enjoying the onset of Spring and planning ways to bloom alongside it.
 
Our focus this month is empowerment, emphasizing our duty to advocate for our health. Check out our #AccessMatters chapter on Being the CEO of Your Healthcare, and read about Robin's experience addressing the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
 
We are proud to host our first ever Facebook Live Series on March 7-9 at 2pm est. Working with the National Kidney Foundation and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, we are proud to bring you three days of conversations with patients and experts with a focus on the connection between diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. Please join us for this free and interactive event - check out the block below for more information.
 
We continue to bring you news about our PODS Meetups, our partnerships with professional organizations and recaps of relevant programs. Please read, learn, grow, and share with others!
 
Until next month!
 
In Sisterhood,
  
   
Anna Norton, MS, CEO
24 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes
 


FACEBOOK LIVE: CONNECTING THE HEART AND KIDNEYS TO DIABETES
What are the common risk factors between diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease? Learn about the connection and more on March 7, 8 and 9 at 2pm EST during our Facebook Live series in collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease!
 
Hear from patients and healthcare providers about common risk factors, management of these conditions, and ways to cope emotionally and physically.  Speakers include DiabetesSisters' Faculty members Nicole M. Bereolos, PhD, MPH, CDE and Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN and Anne Dalin, Patient with Diabetes and DiabetesSisters' PODS Leader.
     
 
 Click on the Facebook Live Event and chose Going. Then return on March 7, 8 and 9 at 2pm EST to view the live discussions!
 


SPOTLIGHT: STRENGTHENING THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
On January 26th, Robin Wright, a patient with type 2 diabetes, psychotherapist and PODS Leader in Princeton NJ, delivered remarks at the opening panel discussion of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting/CAP (Corporate AACE Partnership) in San Francisco. The meeting's focus was Identifying Access to Care, Identifying Unmet Needs of Patients and/or Clinicians, and Generating Solutions to Address the Unmet Needs of Patients.
 

Robin Wright on stage at AACE speaking with Healthcare Providers
 
In her remarks, Robin addressed the need for strong diabetes self-management by patients, as well as the need for a collaboration between healthcare providers and patients to achieve this goal.  She also discussed the value of peer support groups such as DiabetesSisters PODS meetups.
 
DiabetesSisters thanks Robin for her commitment to her health, as well as her efforts to advocate on behalf of all women living with diabetes
 
 


PODS SPOTLIGHT: DIABETESSISTERS OF BUFFALO, NY
Ashley Illuzzi began looking for a local diabetes support group in 2017, only a year after her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. After attending several Rochester PODS meetups, she wanted to find a way to offer support to women in her local area. She did some research and discovered that a Buffalo NY PODS group had been established a few years before but had become inactive. So Ashley made the commitment to become a PODS leader and in June of 2017, she officially restarted DiabetesSisters of Buffalo!
 
Ashley sums up her experience as a PODS Leader perfectly when she says: "It's really great to have such strong, supportive women in my life."

The Buffalo PODS meetings usually include at least a half-dozen members and discussions include topics such as healthy eating, dealing with stress, and physical activity.  Although the members have not yet met up outside of the regular PODS meetings for other activities, it is definitely something they'd love to explore in the future.

 
The members of the Buffalo PODS really appreciate the safe place Ashley has provided them. They know it is a place where they are free to talk about all of the frustrations that can go along with living with diabetes. 
 
 


LEARN, CONNECT, ENGAGE: NEW PEER SUPPORT HUB
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has unveiled a new Peer Support Hub continuing their commitment in highlighting the impact of peer support among healthcare providers and patients. The hub features shareable information focused on peer support communities.
 

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Also included is a video exploring the value of peer support and a report discussing the partnership between diabetes educators and peer support communities.  A recent blog post on the AADE site explains more about this valuable new resource.
 
 


CONNECT WITH A DIABETES EDUCATOR 

As a member of your healthcare team, a diabetes educator makes managing your diabetes easier. They work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy and give you the tools and ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of your life.
Click HERE to find a diabetes education program in your area.
 


RESOURCE: BE THE CEO OF YOUR HEALTH
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RECAP: CANDID DISCUSSIONS ABOUT DIABETES AND EATING DISORDERS

On February 14th, DiabetesSisters hosted its first webinar of 2018: Candid Discussions About Diabetes and Eating Disorders with Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri, ED-DMT1 ("Diabulimia") expert.  Dr. Goebel-Fabbri discussed some of the most relevant issues facing people who are struggling with diabetes and eating disorders.
 
Karen K, whose name was drawn from the 90+ webinar registrants to win a copy of Dr. Goebel-Fabbri's book, shared her impressions of the webinar: "The webinar covered the spectrum of eating problems from anorexia, bulimia, and insulin restriction to binge eating and obesity. Dr. Goebel-Fabbri discussed the research she has conducted with long time sufferers of this problem as well as those who have recovered from the condition, and her clinical experience leading to the development of very reasonable recommendations for clinicians, patients and on how to prevent or treat this life-threatening problem leading to possible paths to recovery and to cope with the emotional side of this chronic disease. I highly encourage people to listen to the recording of the webinar, and attend Part 2 in this series."

 

 
DiabetesSisters helps to connect women living with diabetes through peer support, education, and advocacy that improves their health and quality of life.  Since 2008, your dollars have allowed us to grow our programs and services, serving thousands of women each year.


 
 


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Visit Our Educational Library
Now with resources in Spanish!
Click HERE to visit our growing library where you can download, print, and share this information.
 
The creation of many of these educational pieces was a result
 of the generous support of our Advisory Council and
 industry partners.
 
 


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Chattanooga, TN
March 1, 6:30pm
 
Denver (Metro), CO
March 3, 9:00am
 
Indianapolis, IN
March 3, 11:00am
 
Rochester, NY (Westside)
March 5, 6:00pm
 
Ventura County/San Fernando Valley, CA
March 5, 6:30pm
 
Durham, NC
March 8, 5:30pm
 
Clifton Park, NY
March 10, 10:00am
 
Columbus, OH
March 11, 2:30pm
 
Greater Philadelphia, PA
March 13, 7:00pm
 
Princeton, NJ
March 14, 7:00pm
 
Chesapeake, VA
March 15, 6:30pm
 
Richmond, VA (Chesterfield)
March 15, 7:00pm
 
Virtual/Online
March 15, 8:00pm EST
 
Buffalo, NY
March 19, 6:00pm
 
Williamsburg, VA
March 20, 5:30pm
 
Perinton/Fairport, NY
March 20, 6:00pm
 
Reno, NV
March 20, 6:30pm
 
Boston (South Shore/Braintree), MA
March 20, 7:00pm
 
Bridgewater, NJ
March 21, 7:00pm
 
Boston, MA
March 25, 1:00pm
 
Richmond, VA (West End)
March 25, 1:00pm
 

Albany/Schenectady, NY

March 27, 6:00pm
 
Rochester, NY (CollegeTown/UofR)
March 27, 6:30pm
 
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
March 27, 6:30pm
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