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.

Functional Medicine, Food, and the Changes I've Made

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

A few months ago, I switched my primary care to a physician at a functional medicine practice. Functional medicine may seem ambiguous, but it is defined as a biology-based medicinal approach that implements holistic treatments while focusing on the root cause of disease. I have wanted to find a functional medicine doctor, or in my case a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy), for quite some time now, believing that it would be the next step to further optimize my health and wellbeing.

Summer Eats

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Some seasons are easier than others for staying on-track, diet-wise. Fall includes those pesky carb-laden holidays. Winter is brutal. Cold, gray, and windy means comfort food all the way for me. During Spring, things start to improve when asparagus shows up. Then Summer arrives. Cue the heavenly music!

The Dawning of Acceptance - Our Voices Matter

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Now that summer has arrived I have observed the increased acceptance of diversity of all kinds. That is one of the many beauties of life: how different we all are in our singularity. I have noticed less shame regarding body size among women both prominent and average. It seems as beauty standards have become more flexible and redefined, the norm is not just young and impossibly thin but older, darker, and larger in body size.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single...Frito

Emotional Well-Being

Oh boy, do I wish! (I'm pretty sure I'd be there by now!) Exercise can be a huge pain in the tush, especially when a person has diabetes on board. The extra steps involved in getting ready for exercise kept me out of the gym for an extended period of time, especially the part where I’d get low after working out and then have to drink a bunch of juice, effectively cancelling the calories I’d burned.

My Experience Visiting Big Pharma

Perspectives

When most people think of drug companies they get angry. They think: Why are drugs so expensive, all they think of is profit, no regard for those who need the drug. I thought the same way.

My thoughts changed when I attended a Novo Nordisk workshop on April 26 in Plainsboro, NJ. For a full day, I was part of a group with other patients with diabetes and Novo Nordisk doctors and employees. Some of the employees were from New Jersey, others were from their headquarters in Copenhagen.

Life as a Type 1 Traveler

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some really great places around the country. It’s funny to think that the first time I ever took a flight on a commercial airplane was only three years ago. Now I’ve been to several places on my bucket list! Since beginning to travel more, I’ve been to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and a few other really amazing places – including North Carolina twice.

On the Move

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

We all know we need to exercise more. It improves our blood sugar control, helps us manage stress, and even makes getting a good night’s sleep easier. Maybe you’re already walking, gardening, doing exercise videos, or working out with weights at the gym. That’s great.

Getting Active with Connected In Motion Slipstream

Perspectives

How many times have you been told to exercise more, to eat a little healthier, or to sleep a little longer? And how many times have you actually gotten out there and done it? Probably not as often as you’d like. We know that all of these things are important for your health, so what’s stopping us from getting it done? There are lots of resources out there to help get us active as someone with diabetes – you can create a plan with your healthcare team, search for the answers online, read some books, or join a gym.

Stress, Sweet Pickles, and How YOU Stay Resilient

Emotional Well-Being

Fun fact: many psychologists believe that survival is the reason humans tend to focus on the negative. Why? Because being vigilant and noticing the stuff that’s wrong kept us alive back in the day. The person who dropped her berry basket and ran for the hills because she assumed that rustle in the bush was a bear probably outlived the person who ignored said rustling, closed her eyes and immersed herself in the beauty of the moment.

The Body Image Wars

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

In today's technological universe we have constant access to information and images. We can instantly document ourselves through images and see ourselves in an immediate feedback loop.

For those of us who are not happy with our physical images, it can be a painful reminder that we don't look a desired way and that effects our mood.