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 + 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).

PCOS Raises Many Questions

Perspectives

In June 2016, (now about a month and a half ago), I felt exhausted, “off,” and constantly hungry. My blood sugars started a roller coaster of ups and downs. The last week of June, I slept through my alarm twice which is something that has only happened one other time in my life.

Menstrual Cycle and Diabetes: An Extra Set of Challenges

Ask our CDE

Diabetes and the menstrual cycle can have a tricky relationship with each other. Hormones associated with the menstrual cycle can affect blood sugar levels and vice versa. Many women choose to monitor their cycle to some degree. This process can help you detect if there are patterns in your menstrual cycle and your blood sugar numbers. Perhaps, you run higher right before or during your cycle. This can last 3-5 days before, during, or after menstruation.