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 comment below the blog. If you are interested in serving as one of our "highlighted bloggers", please email us at info@diabetessisters.org.

The Etiquette of the A1C

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Have you ever wondered why so many people share their A1C’s online? I have.

I recognize that having a low A1C is something most people with diabetes strive for, and it’s an accomplishment one would certainly want to celebrate (especially if they worked hard to achieve it), but sometimes I wonder if there’s too much focus placed on just one tool that measures our blood sugar control. I’m also curious about how sharing one’s A1C can emotionally affect the other T1D’s around them.

Here Comes the New Year!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

The New Year is fast approaching. Is it really almost 2019? WOW! This time of year most of us start to think about our goals or resolutions. Unfortunately many of these are broken so soon after that it's almost comical to see how quickly it happens. How do you handle your goals for the new year when it comes to diabetes? Do you make some major changes or try to tweak as you go?

Needles at the dinner table

Student Blog

When I think of etiquette, the dining room scenes from Downton Abbey and flashbacks of my cotillion days are what come to mind. I was taught to be polite for other people's’ sake. Making other people comfortable is what manners are all about. Humans like structure and rules because it’s comforting to know how those around us will act, which is a completely rational evolutionary trait.

Thankful for... Diabetes???

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. It's a time to spend with friends and family, reflecting on our blessings and giving thanks. My first grade students have been making lists of what they're thankful for as well: food, clothes, family, friends, a home, school, toys, etc. As I think of my thankful list, I have decided to include one thing that might baffle people. Diabetes.

Diabetes Etiquette

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

I remember when Diabetes Forecast, the magazine published by the American Diabetes Association, stopped using the word “diabetic” as a noun. The editor wrote an essay about how saying PWD (person with diabetes) was much better. Given my love of all things concise, I thought no one would know the acronym and using “person with diabetes” all of the time would be clunky. I didn’t get it.

Lessons Learned

Perspectives

Almost 6 years ago at a routine gynecological exam, I had an excessive amount of sugar in my urine. I was immediately admitted to the ER and hospitalized for 5 days with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. I struggled for a full year, constantly hearing that my A1C wasn't improving because I was noncompliant. When I went for my next annual gyno exam, I was told that there was no way I was Type 2 and that I must be Type 1.

Diabetes Awareness

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Someone once joked about Diabetes Awareness Month saying they were very much aware of their own diabetes. As a result, I smile whenever I hear the phrase. On the serious side of things, though, there is more to diabetes awareness than being aware of our own diabetes. There are risk factors to share with those around us, making others more aware of their chances of having diabetes, as well as helping others become more educated about diabetes. Not only that, but within the diabetes community we need to remember that no two people live with diabetes the same way.

Happy November!

Student Blog

National Diabetes Awareness Month!! Woo hoo!! This month has always been exciting for me. Validation is not something diabetics typically feel in our day-to-day lives. But November is a national month for acknowledging and talking about the struggles diabetics face on a daily basis. There is no way to ignore that part of yourself when those around you are talking about it, too.

Chicago State of Mind

Perspectives

“Were you in Chicago for work?” my friend asked.

Erika A“No, it was for fun actually. I lead a support group for women with diabetes. The group I work with is a national organization called DiabetesSisters. There are women like me leading groups all around the country. This weekend was an opportunity to get together in one place, support each other, share our experiences and learn from each other while having a great time in a new city.”