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Today, the DiabetesSisters’ Board of Directors appointed me to serve as Interim CEO of the organization as Brandy Barnes, Founder, stepped down. Since 2011, I have been on a whirlwind journey full of wonderful moments and priceless memories with DiabetesSisters.

The moment I learned about the organization, I became embedded in it the moment I walked into a Weekend for Women Conference. At the time, I never imagined I would one day organize and coordinate that very conference, along with so many important programs necessary for the mental and emotional well-being of women living with diabetes.

I never imagined my life would change so much when I paid a $100 registration fee to attend sessions and learn more about how diabetes affected me as a woman. I never imagined I would meet hundreds of women thriving with diabetes. And I certainly never imagined the impact these women would have on my life, on my diabetes care and on my well-being.

My connection with you - women just like me - is real and it’s inspiring.

As I step into this new role at DiabetesSisters, I am excited about continuing Brandy’s vision and growing the organization. I just spent a weekend with many of our PODS Meetup Leaders – women who are leading peer support groups in their communities and making a difference in the lives of women with diabetes. I am so proud of this group, so proud of the women we reach and the lives we change.

I have no doubt that together, we will continue to grow, learn and motivate one another.

It’s my honor and privilege to serve you.


Just as always I emailed you this morning and less than a minute later you responded to the email. I am excited for you and already know you will be inspirational and awesome in this position. DS could be in no better hands in my opinion....Congratulations Anna!
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Submitted by CindyCamp on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:05pm

I can't think of a better person to take the helm and keep moving DS in a forward, positive direction. It is an exciting time for all of us. What a gift to be included with the PODS leaders and meet so many dedicated, inspirational women with diabetes. Thanks so much to you and Brandy for making that happen. Good luck on your move to the windy city and Congrats!
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Submitted by cflanary on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:21am