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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.

My Journey with Gastroparesis

Perspectives

Sophia BarryWhen I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three, I learned what to expect. There were the new daily responsibilities: 10 blood sugar checks a day, multiple daily injections – sometimes up to 5 a day, a strict diet, and highly regulated exercise. I was made aware of diabetes complications that included my eyes, kidneys, liver, and heart, possible nerve damage, and even the possibility of a limb amputation.

Traveling Around The World with Diabetes

Perspectives

Phyllisa DerozeI love traveling because it allows me to learn new things, meet new people, and explore new places. The traveling bug bit me at a young age when my family would drive from Florida to South Carolina to visit our extended relatives. In preparation for the trip, my mother and grandmother would dump mounds of coins onto the living room floor so that everyone could take part in separating, counting, and rolling the coins.

17 Years Ago

Nutrition

I love number 17. Always have and always will. It’s somewhat of an odd number, not one (as far as I know) acclaimed to anyone too famous like Pele, Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth, or a number people fight for. Seventeen was birthed to me when I picked up a random soccer jersey out of a box on a hot summer day freshman year of high school, and I owned it.

New Year, 2019

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Last year, I stopped making resolutions and listed a few goals instead. I did pretty well, even though some opportunities came up during the year that pushed a few things I had planned to the side. Instead of beating myself up for not checking everything off the list, I’ve decided to praise myself for being flexible. How’s that for a juicy rationalization?

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.