sisterTALK Blogs

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

Diabetes, Me, & the College Game

Student Blog

My name is Madison J Teater. I am a third year student at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), and I am a T1D. I am a history major hoping to become an archivist one day. I’ve had T1D since I was 13 and am now “celebrating” my 7th year of T1D. And while having T1D kinda… sucks (for lack of a better term), it isn’t all bad all the time. 

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


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).

Before Diabetes - After Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I will never forget the moment I was told I have diabetes. It was a Thursday afternoon and I was at work, sitting at my desk when the phone rang. It was my doctor. She said, "Eileen, you have diabetes. You need to come see me first thing tomorrow morning." It was that simple. And yet, it wasn't simple at all. I was 43, thin, healthy, and active. Many people would say to me over the coming years, "How can you have diabetes? You are the healthiest person I know!" Yep, I was the healthiest person I knew! Only now I was the healthiest person with DIABETES. As if this weren't complicated enough, like most adults, I was misdiagnosed as a Type 2, by my first two doctors. I did everything right and my A1C continued to rise. I tried a third doctor. The nurse advised me that because I was thin, I didn't need any medication at all. And she argued with me when I insisted that type 2 treatment wasn't working and I really thought there was something else going on. The final straw was when she said to me "you sound like you want to be type 1." Really? Does anyone WANT to have diabetes? of any kind? Really?

Diabetes Independence


Briley has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 3 years old and likes to joke that skiing is the only thing she has been doing longer than having diabetes. She started her blog in 2010 and has been continually making new diabetes online community friends since then. She is powered by coffee and laughter.