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.

Thriving with Type 1

Student Blog

Five years ago, I didn't actually think I would be thriving with diabetes. Maybe right when I was diagnosed - but only because I saw people like Halle Berry and Nick Jonas and thought “if these celebrities can manage it, I can definitely do it”. But at that point I didn’t really know what "it" was. I didn’t know what type 1 diabetes really consisted of on a day-to-day basis. I didn’t know about everything that came with that tiny, yet loaded sentence: “You have diabetes."

Making hopes and dreams come true

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Most days it can feel like diabetes is holding us back. We can feel exhausted, frustrated at the numbers that appear on our blood glucose monitors, and angry at the dilemma that is diabetes. I used to be the type of person that hid my diabetes. I never wanted to talk about it, let alone meet and talk to others who had it too. I figured that if I just kept quiet and got on with things, it wouldn’t bother me so much. It wasn’t until the day I decided to embrace my diabetes that things changed.

A Little Planning Goes A Long Way

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Living with a chronic disease can be challenging on many different levels. Life can be stressful enough under the best of circumstances, am I right? Most of the time, I am a bit of a control freak. A prepper. A list maker and plan-aheader. This helps keep me on a fairly routine schedule and avoid potential diabetes-related issues. Since my diagnosis, the potential to “lose control” is one of my biggest stressors. I don’t want to appear “vulnerable” or make anyone uncomfortable. I’m also a caregiver and pride myself on being able to assist others in need.

Real People Sick

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Many people with chronic illnesses don't see themselves as "sick." We see ourselves living with a condition that is a part of us. Being sick is seen as a temporary thing. As a result, sometimes when we have an illness beyond our chronic illness like a cold or a stomach bug, we might call it "real people sick." For the last several days, I have been real people sick.

We Choose to Live

Perspectives
In October 2017, I attended the Weekend for Women Conference and DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute. Being surrounded by 150 people with diabetes left me awestruck. I attended many sessions led by brilliant, dedicated advocates for people with diabetes. I learned about the role that the glycemic index plays when trying to balance carbohydrate and insulin absorption from Gary Scheiner. I learned about the latest technology advances available and coming to us from Melissa Lee.

Well Worth the Distance Traveled

Perspectives

I was honored and blessed to attend the DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute and Weekend for Women conference in Alexandria, Virginia last weekend.  It was co-hosted by the Unconference as well.  There were so many friendships, so much knowledge gained, and appreciation for both organizations who  put their heart and soul into making life just a little bit better living with diabetes.

Diabetes conferences, AKA immediate connections with friends you haven't met before

Perspectives

The DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute and Weekend for Women Conference has been on my calendar for months, and I have been counting down the weeks and days.  The car was packed, fur babies kissed…it was finally time to hit the road to Alexandria, VA.  I was full of excitement, as this was my first time attending the Leadership Institute, and it has been many years since my last Weekend for Women Conference. 

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

Perspectives
Day in and day out, women with diabetes work hard. We try our best to manage our blood sugars. We count grams of carbohydrates and compare those numbers to blood sugar levels. We try to decipher serving sizes and discover hidden ingredients that vary blood sugar expectations. Throw in a little caffeine and some exercise and … well, if you are a woman with diabetes, you know how the story unfolds.