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 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 Books and Resources

Student Blog

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was given a bag full of pamphlets and books on information regarding diabetes. The two that stick out in my mind as key components during my initial diagnosis are the CalorieKing booklet and A First Book for Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase, MD.

Now We're Getting Somewhere- with Endometriosis too

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

A few days after my endocrinologist appointment, I went off to volunteer at diabetes camp back in GA. My period was still in full swing. While I was at camp, it “stopped” for two days, but it came back full force after that.
During camp, I confided in some of my close friends about everything going on. That’s when it hit me. My period had been going on for 6 weeks at this point. 6 weeks of bleeding. 6 weeks of low iron. 6 weeks of not running. 6 weeks of crazy blood sugars. 6 weeks of emotions going haywire. 6 weeks of all of the fun stuff associated with my period- cramping, mood swings, acne, hunger, inability to sleep, exhaustion, etc.

Diabetes, Gender and Age Create Higher Risks for Developing Cardiovascular Disease

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

I was visiting my daughter over the weekend.  She is a nursing student at George Washington University and she lives in the D.C. area.  On her table was a copy of the current issue of the American Journal of Nursing and the article "Recognizing Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Case Study" caught my attention.

Real-Life Side Effects of Joining the DOC

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

For the past 14 years, diabetes was not something I mentioned online. Social media was for posting photos of my friends on hikes and brownie recipes. Not to talk about my frustrations with diabetes, research new medical developments, or ask other diabetics for help. And then, around Christmas of last year, curiosity got the better of me. I Googled “best diabetes conference,” and the Diabetes Unconference came up near the top. Vegas for a weekend, new friends, scary diabetes talks? Sounds great. I bought a plane ticket, put it on my calendar, and took a deep breath.

Why Not Talk about Diabetes and PCOS?

Perspectives

It’s the end of July, and I have my 3 month endocrinology appointment with a brand new endocrinologist. At this point I have now had my period for a month. This endocrinologist had been great so far with everything happening with my period and new diagnosis. I was optimistic about liking her, but I wasn’t excited about this appointment. By now, I attended six doctors appointments in one month (not counting my counseling appointments). I’m also beyond burned out on logistics and can feel myself approaching diabetes burnout. I even debated canceling this appointment, but my gut told me that I needed to go not just for the diabetes. I should go for the PCOS and the thyroid.

AADE 2016: 1st Time's a Charm

sisterSTAFF Blog

I arrived in San Diego for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting, #AADE16, and immediately went to the special event for the #DSMA Live Twitter Chat “Taking the Online, Offline.” I have never been able to take part in #DSMA before due to commute/schedule/timezone stuff, and haven’t attended AADE before this year, either. But there was no reason to worry – it was an engaging and important kickoff to great diabetes conference.

Going Back to School as a Person Living With Diabetes

Perspectives

Maria is a MiniMed® Ambassador, a teacher, and the mom of two great kids. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 12 years old. The MiniMed pump lets her worry less about her diabetes and more about her role as a mom. Maria loves to help people, especially helping them feel better about their diabetes or treatment regimens.

Diabetes + Acne = Me

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

This month’s Diabetes Sisters theme, Menstruation, Menopause and Everything in Between is huge. It covers the majority of a woman’s life.  For me, however, when dealing with diabetes, it’s the “everything in between” piece that is most challenging and confounding.  Can I be honest?  What’s “in between” in my life is more acne than a junior high school class picture.  If there is anyone reading this who has never had a pimple, you might want to move on, this blog is not for you.  For the rest of us – can we please join together in one giant “WHY ME???”  I’m 48 years old and I feel like a teenager. And not in a carefree, naïve sort of way.  I mean, I feel like a teenager in the drugstore, debating between salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products. Piling on makeup in the hopes that no one will notice (or at least, not be so grossed out they have to pin their eyes on my necklace instead of my face while talking to me).