February 22, 2010
Hello Sisters! First, I must provide everyone with the latest update on the Weekend for Women Conference! I am excited to announce that the registration is almost FULL! We have women coming in to the Conference from ALL over the country. In fact, women from 20 different states will descend upon Raleigh, North Carolina on the weekend of Mary 22-23, 2010 for a heart-warming, life-changing, educational, good time! To provide a little info about the diversity and the truly amazing women who you will be able to mingle with at the Conference: We have a group of 30-somethings who have Type 1 diabetes from around the country who are meeting up at the Conference. We also have a group of 10 women with Type 2 diabetes from Brooklyn, NY who are driving down to NC together! Aside from these women, we have numerous pairs of women who are meeting up at the Conference and far more women who are attending as individuals with hopes of meeting their “lifelong” diabetes buddy. If you have not registered yet, THERE ARE ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT! So, registration will likely be filled by March 1st! If you want to look at the Agenda or read the Speaker Bios, click here: http://www.diabetessisters.org/weekend-for-women-conference. But, do so quickly! J
This past month, I have had to give some thought to diabetes in relation to my driving privileges. Why? You ask. Well, since the age of 16, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has required me to get a physician/diabetes specialist to complete medical paperwork every two years (like clockwork!) on my ability to drive a car. Every time I see the forms come in the mail, I feel a certain amount of stress. Stress because the letter always says something to the effect of, “If this paperwork is not completed and received in our office within 30 days from the date this letter was written, driving privileges will be suspended. “ Talk about scaring the life out of me! I honestly don’t know how I would live without the ability to jump in my car and go somewhere when I need to go. I don’t know if anyone else has to do this (or something similar) in order to maintain their driver’s license. In fact, I’ve never talked to anyone who has had to get these forms completed! L It all started when I went to get my driver’s license at the age of 16. I was so excited! Unfortunately, they went through a list of questions when getting me registered, one of which included, “Do you have diabetes?” I answered yes, unaware that it would result in a barrage of paperwork from the DMV every two years. I was also EXTREMELY disappointed to leave from the DMV that day without a driver’s license. You see, I couldn’t get my license until a physician gave me “the ok” with completed paperwork. Thus started my 20 year adventure with diabetes and driving.