October 4, 2010
Hello! It’s hard to believe that October is already here….that means that November (National Diabetes Awareness Month) is right around the corner! I hope you have your DiabetesSisters t-shirt to wear in November! Stay tuned for information about an upcoming opportunity to join "your Sisters" in a diabetes awareness activity.
This past week, I went to San Diego, CA to the Annual Celebration of Strength Luncheon that is put on by Behavioral Diabetes Institute (www.behavioraldiabetes.org). It was held from 10am-3pm on Saturday, October 2nd. I got to see many of my DiabetesSisters that I had only met via the web—Amy Mercer and Suzanne Lohnes. I also got to see many of my longtime DiabetesSisters- such as Laura Ely and Laura Bennett, both of whom have been involved with DiabetesSisters practically its inception! I was honored to be a speaker at this year’s event. I told my story about my experiences with loneliness and isolation, my internal struggle in 2007, and the eventual formation of DiabetesSisters. The overall message was that diabetes must be seen as a strength rather than a weakness if we want it to bring anything positive into our lives. As women with diabetes, we should be proud of the strength, resilience, persistence, problem-solving, and wisdom that diabetes has taught us. It makes us unique and special! It makes us “a catch”! 2011 BDI 'Celebration of Strength' Luncheon
2011 BDI 'Celebration of Strength' Luncheon
Of course, there was a three hour time change to deal with. Since I was there for less than 48 hours, I decided not to change the settings (time) on my pump and it actually seemed to work well. My blood sugars were great the entire time I was there.
We also made a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT at the Celebration of Strength Luncheon! Drum Roll please………..
Behavioral Diabetes Institute and DiabetesSisters are partnering in 2011 to bring the Weekend for Women Conference to San Diego, CA on October 7-9, 2011. For more information and to register for updates, click HERE.