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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 post it below the blog. If you are interested in serving as one of our "highlighted bloggers", please email our Blog Team Manager at anna@diabetessisters.org.

Diabetes Independence: Where Independence Grows as You Do

Student Blog

I often think that in the chronic disease category, type 1 diabetes is rare in the sense that it is one of the only diseases that requires 24/7 care done by the patient themselves. It is up to the patient to determine doses of insulin, a possibly lethal drug. How many other chronic diseases do you know of that require that kind of care?

Before Diabetes - After Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I will never forget the moment I was told I have diabetes. It was a Thursday afternoon and I was at work, sitting at my desk when the phone rang. It was my doctor. She said, "Eileen, you have diabetes. You need to come see me first thing tomorrow morning." It was that simple. And yet, it wasn't simple at all. I was 43, thin, healthy, and active. Many people would say to me over the coming years, "How can you have diabetes? You are the healthiest person I know!" Yep, I was the healthiest person I knew! Only now I was the healthiest person with DIABETES. As if this weren't complicated enough, like most adults, I was misdiagnosed as a Type 2, by my first two doctors. I did everything right and my A1C continued to rise. I tried a third doctor. The nurse advised me that because I was thin, I didn't need any medication at all. And she argued with me when I insisted that type 2 treatment wasn't working and I really thought there was something else going on. The final straw was when she said to me "you sound like you want to be type 1." Really? Does anyone WANT to have diabetes? of any kind? Really?

Welcome to the 62+ and Type 2 Blog!!!!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

It is my honor and pleasure to begin this important blog “62+ and Type 2”.  I just turned 63 and I have been living with Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. In this relatively short time I have seen so many changes in the resources available to those of us living with diabetes.  Many of these developments have been outside the doctor’s office. For me personally,  it has been access to information in this digital age and the growth of peer support groups.

Diabetes Independence

Perspectives

Briley has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 3 years old and likes to joke that skiing is the only thing she has been doing longer than having diabetes. She started her blog in 2010 and has been continually making new diabetes online community friends since then. She is powered by coffee and laughter.

To Change or Not to Change

Ask our CDE

When first diagnosed with diabetes, health care professionals ask us to make a lot of changes in our lifestyle, all at once. This includes starting new medications, making dietary changes, counting carbohydrates, testing our blood sugar levels, exercising, sleeping better, and managing our stress more effectively. There is wide variation in the health behavior change that we all decide to take on.

What's food got to do with it!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Hi Ladies! So as the title says what’s food got to do with it? Since I don’t know about you but I feel like food has been incorporated into every aspect of our lives and not the healthy stuff either. From tv and radio commercials, to billboards and ads online so the list goes on and on. Of course the foods ads that we are bombarded with are neither healthy ones either. Eating Healthy are words that haunts many people who are diabetic. It totally feels like a losing battle even though I have made progress in my relationship with food. I have thought about recording my food. But my hesitation is that I really don’t want to start it and not follow through with it. I know people that it has been quite helpful for. Regretfully there has been times I have given up on recording my what healthy items I am putting in my body. Which I’m sure is something we all have done or thought about doing. So no judgement please. You’d think even now that we have technology it would make it easier for me to stick with keeping a record of my food. I think having a different perspective on why eating healthy and keeping a food record would be beneficial for me. SInce I find it so boring and tedious. It would be nice if I could check out for a couple of days and go right back to where I need to be with food. But that doesn’t seem to happen with me at least.
Secondly I think portion control is one of the most important factors to eating healthy. Which we americans have gone way too far in my opinion with all these over-sized products. It would be great for some of us to reach out to our elected officials and let our voices be known that this is not the right direction for the country and would like to see it change. These are some of the topics that should be issues during these elections. We need to be willing to ask ourselves these personal questions. Since what is more personal than how much am I really eating. This is something I am working on because then obviously I overeat. But what american doesn’t especially this upcoming weekend with the fourth of july upon us. You can’t get any american than that. So as we are all eating our picnic food let's try and remember just how much we are consuming. I will start us off by reminding everyone that visualization is a great technique such as using the palm of your hand to represent 3oz. of meat. It is said that if it helpful they make already portioned formed plates so then you don’t even have to think about it. One of these days I am going to get one and use it at home only. Lol! I should not be embarrassed to bring that out in public. That is something I need to work through and it will feel so good when I do. Although I would like to get to a place where I automatically know the appropriate sizes and go no further. After learning the appropriate sizes well enough practice, practice, practice. That will be a great day. There are other tips for portion control as well such as using measuring cups for portioning cereal, rice, potatoes or just about anything. Well this post is bittersweet since this is my last post. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk with all you ladies for these past months. Take Care

My First ADA Scientific Sessions

Perspectives

Two weeks ago, Anna and I had the opportunity to attend the American Diabetes Association 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. While our schedules were packed from early morning until late at night, we also managed to a few laps around the exhibit hall to catch some of the latest products (e.g. Dario BG meter, Tresiba long-acting insulin) and even squeeze in some of the scientific sessions.