sisterTALK Blogs

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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.

February, Month of the Heart

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

It's not surprise that February, which hosts Valentine's Day, is also Heart Disease Awareness Month. As a Type 2 diabetic who has a father with congestive heart failure (CHF) and a maternal grandfather who had heart issues, including heart attacks, I am well aware of the need to keep tabs on my heart. Thankfully I seem to be healthy there, though I won't let my guard down. Instead of my heart muscle, I've been thinking more of the emotional side of my heart lately. The emotional side of living with chronic illness.

Happy Valentine's Day- The Gift of a Healthy Heart

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

 The connection between our heads and hearts has always been the subject of poetry, philosophy and inspirational thinking. Here are the Dalai Lama's thoughts on the subject, "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

In living with Type 2 Diabetes we need to pursue self compassion, from the heart, and knowledge, from the head to guide our self management. 

Love is who we are

Emotional Well-Being

It’s not easy living with diabetes, sometimes I feel like I am pushing a wheelbarrow laden with rocks uphill. Just when I think I’ve reached the top, the rocks tumble out. It’s on those days that it’s challenging not to lose heart. I sometimes wonder if having LADA (Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) makes it doubly difficult. I can still remember the heyday of croissants, skipping meals just because… and sleeping like a baby through the night. The shock and the grief are overwhelming sometimes but I consider myself lucky. As much as I get frustrated and want to give up, that much I also want to live as joyfully as I can. When I wake up I’m happy and hopeful. That’s been me for most of my life.

Can We Get Rid of This Period Already?

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

The last “update” I did on how I was doing with everything was in the fall for events that happened in August. For the most part things calmed down and went well for a few months. but I still didn’t trust my body. I haven’t really wanted to talk about things not working well too much. I’m tired of talking about it, and in my mind… maybe if I don’t admit it outloud, everything’s okay, right?

Well- everything was fine until the end of November. Continuous birth control was working. I wasn’t having a period at all. Now I have “goals.” I know what’s like not to be miserable when I don’t have a period. I felt better. My blood sugars were stabilizing. The pain was minimal. I felt stronger. I was sleeping better. I could go on with how I felt those first few months. Superficially? My skin was clearing up and hair growth all over my body was slowing down. Seriously, I could keep going. Yet, I still didn’t trust my body. Sometimes, I wonder if I ever will?

What is your health mantra for the New Year?

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Recently, I heard this quote, "I want to change but not if it means changing", and it got me to thinking. Why is it so hard to change our habits?  Perhaps we develop comfort in what is familiar and don't want to give things up even if it means improvement.  Maybe our ideas about change are unrealistic- we want to transform ourselves into something we can never be.  

New Year, New Me?

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

It's January again. Time for resolutions to be made (and broken), gym membership promotions, nutrition ads, and the catch phrase "New Year, New You". What do they mean by New Year, New You? Are they telling me that the old me should be left behind with the old year? Am I not good enough for this new year? Am I to be traded in for this year's model?