sisterTALK Blogs

Welcome to the sisterTALK Blogs!

Are you new to diabetes? Did you recently find out you are expecting? Do you feel as though no one really understands what you go through on a daily basis? Are you terrified of doing something wrong? Would you like to hear about another woman’s struggles and triumphs with diabetes?

You can find exactly what you are looking for HERE at DiabetesSisters. Through our sisterTALK blogs, you will find an outstanding network of women who share their thoughts and feelings about the nuances of living with diabetes in weekly blogs. Whether you are experiencing Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, or pregnancy and diabetes, there is someone here who "speaks your language." Every woman is highlighted for 3-6 months to tell us about her diabetes journey in her own words. By rotating bloggers on a 3-6 month basis, our readers are allowed to read about many different perspectives on the disease. If you have something in common with our highlighted bloggers or have a thought to share, we invite you to comment below the blog. If you are interested in serving as one of our "highlighted bloggers", please email us at info@diabetessisters.org.

Peace of Mind within a Piece of Jewelry

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I remember the day I bought my first medical alert bracelet. I think we were on our way into Boston for an appointment at the Joslin Diabetes Center. My parents and I stopped at a pharmaceutical supply store that had previously been a pet shop during my early childhood. I would have given just about anything to have been browsing for a fish or hamster rather than something I had to wear that would signify just how different I really was.

Bridging the Chasm: Birth Trauma, PTSD, and Two Types of Diabetes

Perspectives

PhyllisaDerozeI had the wonderful opportunity in July 2018 to be one of the keynote speakers at Boston University’s inaugural “Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women’s Health over the Life Course” conference. This was a special privilege for me because I have a toddler who just turned 3 years old and I am still on a path to healing from my birth experience.

Gaining Independence through Education and Advocacy

Student Blog

One of the best lessons I’ve learned is this: doctors don’t know everything. They make mistakes. They miss certain signs and symptoms. An example of this is the number of misdiagnoses in the diabetes world. But as diabetics, particularly Type 1s, most of us were diagnosed at a young age, and were told to listen intently to every word our doctors said. We are taught from diagnosis to follow our doctors’ directions perfectly. But as every diabetic comes to know, over time, that becomes impossible. There comes a point when you have to learn how to be independent in managing your health.

Educating and Advocating for Ourselves - Gestational and Type 2

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Earlier this month I was invited to Boston University School of Medicine for a two-day conference entitled "Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women’s Health over the Life Course." At this conference we discussed resources (or lack thereof) available for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes during and after pregnancy. We talked about medical resources as well as peer to peer support. 

Educating & Advocating

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

When I was first diagnosed, I never envisioned that one day I would be able to describe myself as a passionate diabetes advocate. It didn't occur to me that diabetes might be something that would eventually become a larger part of my life, rather than remain just a medical-related set of routines and protocols to follow. When I was a teenager, diabetes was something I didn't want to THINK about, never mind talk about unless I absolutely had to. So it came as a great surprise when life led me down a road of self-discovery, education, and an interest in spreading awareness.

Educating and Advocating for Ourselves

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Managing diabetes is a constant battle. The struggle can be with carbs, attitude, willpower, stigma, depression, exercise, sleep, stress, etc. You know the drill.

But sometimes the battle can be with your insurance company.

I’m 56 years old, self-employed, and clearly, I have a pre-existing condition. I had a wonderful Anthem health care plan in 2017 through the Affordable Care Act. Victoza cost me about $80 for a 90-day supply. Not ideal, but manageable.

Interdependence

Student Blog

Oh, independence – it’s a double edged-sword. I thought for a while that I wanted to do diabetes on my own. I quickly discovered that isolating yourself makes managing everything – diet, blood sugar, exercise, and every other detail – so much harder. Interdependence is the way to go.

 

My Best Diabetes Metaphor Yet

Emotional Well-Being

Hello all!

For my final blog post, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about overall health and solid diabetes management through the use of my favorite diabetes metaphor. As I see it, long term diabetes management is a 3 legged stool. We have three goals (or legs) that we need to keep in mind as we go about crushing it at life with diabetes.

The first goal is good physical health. This means blood sugars that are well controlled and a lifestyle that includes good food and regular exercise. Most of us are pretty well-acquainted with this one so I’ll keep going.