May 9, 2010
From L to R: Loretta Alford (DS Member), Jennifer Perkins, MD (Weekend for Women Conference Panel Member,
Brandy Barnes (DS Founder/Executive Director), Angela Hampton, Host of Heart of Carolina Perspectives (abc11)
Happy Mother’s Day, Sisters! For those DiabetesSisters members who are mothers (and had diabetes during your pregnancies), you deserve an extra salute today! Often, the hard work that is required of women with diabetes to ensure a healthy baby goes unappreciated. Since we don’t go around 'tooting our own horns' about what we go through during pregnancy, most people—including our spouses, friends, and children--are unaware of the extra love that was put into our pregnancies. So, today, I want to take the opportunity to tell you that your hard work and diligence is not overlooked and it is appreciated!
We are ONLY two weeks away from the Conference and I am excited beyond belief! We have one more planning committee meeting this Tuesday to finalize the last details. I met with Susan Totten (Planning Committee Member) last week to work on our plan for the social activities on Saturday night and I walked away from that meeting so jazzed about the ideas we came up with! So, you had better come prepared to let it all hang out, have fun, and celebrate being part of the sisterhood! The first activity we have planned will definitely set the tone and get you loosened up for the rest of the evening. It will also be quite memorable! Feel free to bring any orange (DiabetesSisters’ official color!) accessories you have, such as glasses, hats, hair clips, necklaces, and anything else “girlie”. We will use them during the first activity. ALSO- Be sure to come to the Weekend for Women registration desk (in the Marriott City Center) at 5pm on Saturday to sign up for the pampering service of your choice! Sign-ups will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Choices include: manicure, massage, hairstyling, and make-up application. Then, from 5-6pm you will have time to get checked in to your room and get settled before dinner starts promptly at 6pm. Trust me, you do not want to miss the Welcome/Introduction. Before I forget-- I had a question come up this week about the dress code at the conference. On Saturday evening, we recommend you come in business casual. On Sunday morning, we recommend that you wear casual/fitness gear for the exercise session. Then, for the rest of the day, we recommend business casual.
Finally, I am excited to share that abc11’s Heart of Carolina Perspectives did a segment on DiabetesSisters and the Weekend for Women Conference. It aired this morning--Sunday, May 9th at 11am. In addition to hearing from me, you’ll also get to hear from Jennifer Perkins, MD (a Duke endocrinologist and a member of the Pregnancy Panel at the Weekend for Women Conference) and Loretta Alford (a Weekend for Women Conference Planning Committee Member). I’ll post the segment on the website as soon as I have it!
This Wednesday, May 12th, I will be sitting down to talk with Sharon Delaney of My Carolina Today (nbc17). I’ll keep you posted via Twitter (www.twitter.com/diabetessisters) and facebook (www.causes.com/diabetessisters) for when to look for our segment on television.