Congrats to Markee and Jennifer!

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Congrats to Markee and Jennifer!

Good day, Sisters!  It’s snowing here in NC right now….Personally, it doesn't excite me because I am ready for Spring! Springtime weather will signify that it’s almost time for the Conference and Walk.  We are now less than three months away!

Today, I am also excited to share some GREAT news about two of our Sisters—Markee McCallum, DiabetesSisters’ Blog Team Manager, and Jennifer Fortney, DiabetesSisters’ Pregnancy Blogger, BOTH HAD THEIR BABIES this week!  Congratulations to Markee and Jennifer on their baby girls!  You can send your own messages of congratulations to them at and   I know they would love to hear from and have the support of their Sisters! 

I have also been hard at work writing chapters.  I am working with Natalie Strand on a book for women with diabetes that will be released in early 2014 by the American Diabetes Association.  It is indeed very exciting, and also time-consuming!  Of course, the deadline for our first draft is June 1, 2013—right after the Raleigh Conference and just before the San Francisco Conference.   

Keeping my A1C on track has been a challenge, but I am pleased to say that this is the first year that I have continued to exercise every week- running 3miles 2-3 times each week and attending Zumba class-- throughout the winter months.  Usually, I just stop exercising from November-March due to the cold weather.  I have always had issues with being cold.  Last year, I visited a new primary care doctor who has a very holistic approach.  She recommended a new type of iron supplement- Iron bisphosphonate from Whole Foods.  It has been great at keeping my iron level stabilized and keeping me warmer this winter. 

The organization is going through some dramatic changes right now.  We have a new 3-year strategic plan in place that includes increasing the number of PODS Meetups throughout the US and the number of Conferences throughout the US among many other administrative things such as strengthening the Board and raising more funds.  I hope you will follow the organization as we go through this transition and consider helping us reach some of our goals through volunteering and/or financial contributions.  The upcoming orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk is a great way to show your support.  Even if you are not local, you can register as a Virtual Walker and raise money from afar (while also being eligible for the top-notch fund raising prizes.)  We have a number of PODS Meetups groups who are going to get together to walk on Saturday, May 4 at 8am and Facetime us from their phones while they walk.  

Finally, through our partnership with Diabetes Health magazine, a special edition devoted to DiabetesSisters  (Feb-March 2013) on newstands now that feaures the Partner's Perspective Program, the PODS Meetup, and the Weekend for Women Conference. Be sure to read the great Sisterhood story about our San Francisco PODS Meetup Leader, Lori Veliquette and Wende Jorgensen.