Something NEW for Women with Diabetes!

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Something NEW for Women with Diabetes!

Hello Ladies!  We’re down to the last few weeks before the Weekend for Women Conference in San Diego and we’re down to the last few spots available!  If you have not registered yet, please REGISTER this week to ensure you have a spot (Better yet, do it today to ensure you have a spot!)  We have lots of great speakers, exhibitors, and activities lined up!  I’m so excited to come out to California in a few weeks!

 

One of our fellow DiabetesSisters, Amy Mercer, has written a book specifically for women with diabetes: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes.  Her story is similar to mine in that she often longed for a “girl friend” to help her through the ups and downs of diabetes.  Many of you can identify with this desire, I’m sure!  Amy’s solution was to compile a book on every topic related to being a woman with diabetes with input and advice from many of the women with diabetes she has met throughout the years.   As a result, we (women with diabetes) now have a great book that we can sit and read at our leisure that provides the wisdom from “wise friends who have been there and done that.”  I was honored that Amy asked me to write the Foreword for the book.  As I told her, The Diabetic Woman by Lois Jovanovic has been the only book for women with diabetes for as long as I can remember!  So, I am happy to have some updated material that was written just for me (a woman with diabetes) to read!  You can check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Womans-Guide-Diabetes-Everything/dp/1936303132/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315947060&sr=8-1  No doubt, you will recognize some of the women credited in the book as former and/or current contributors on the DiabetesSisters website.

 

On another front, I recently had a check-up with my endocrinologist.  For many years, I had a very strict management regimen for my diabetes that kept my A1C between 5.9% and 6.9%.  (I just saw a lot of eyes roll and heard a few sighs!)  Have no fear, I am human!--Over the last few years, my life has become incredibly busy and my diabetes management has taken a backseat at times.  As a result, my A1C level has gradually crept higher and higher.  When the nurse came in with my A1C result of 7.2% at my recent visit, I immediately felt a sense of failure.  However, my endocrinologist quickly informed me that he was not concerned about my A1C level and that I should be very happy/proud of it.  In the past, he was often concerned that I may be having too many lows and/or that hypoglycemia unawareness was settling in.  He told me that he felt much more comfortable with me at an A1C of 7.2%than and 5.9%.  Wow!  I’m glad I talked to him….otherwise, I would have gone home and beat myself up over the A1C that was over 7%!