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Sisterhood vs. Hateration: And the Winner is....Sisterhood!

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Over the last month, Ellica and I have been busy at work-- improving DiabetesSisters’ messaging, brand, and image.  (Yes, that’s what happens when you bring on a new Development & Marketing Manager!)  The goal was to clearly lay out our programs, their benefit, and why the average American should care about the great work we are doing at DiabetesSisters. 

It has made me think long and hard about what I (as the Founder and CEO) really want DiabetesSisters to be as well as what I don’t want it to be.  

Lessons Learned at Children with Diabetes Friends for Life 2013

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Last month, my family and I had the opportunity to attend the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference in Orlando, FL. A conference originally geared toward children with type 1 diabetes and their parents, it has evolved into a meeting of over 3000 attendees including people with type 1 diabetes of all ages, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, and even friends.

2013 Conference Registration Opens Jan. 1!

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Hi Sisters!  The end of the year proved challenging with the move to a new platform for the website, so I apologize for not posting sooner.  I’m excited to let you know that registration for the Conference and Walk WILL BE LIVE on January 1, 2013—with an Early Bird rate for those who register before Feb 15.  I would advise making your hotel reservation now before the limited number available are gone:

New Website Launch Update

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Happy Diabetes Awareness Month!  I hope you enjoyed--and made the most of-- World Diabetes Day!  Speaking of November 14, as you probably recall, we were supposed to officially launch our new website on November 14.  Anyone who has gone through a website overhaul will tell you that website overhauls usually do not stick to the scheduled timeline.  Technology has a mind of its own that doesn’t always align with our minds- if you know what I mean!  So I want to provide an update on the website first. 

Diabetes and Birth Control: What You Should Know

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Hi Sisters!  As many of you who are Facebook friends/Twitter followers probably know, I just returned from a visit to San Francisco to scope out locations for our 2013 Conference and Los Angeles to meet with Natalie Strand to sign our book contract to write co-author a book on women and diabetes for the ADA (to be released in early 2014).  I think we have found the location for the 2013 Conference in San Francisco (thanks to Lori Veliquette for her assistance). I also had the pleasure of attending the PODS Meetup in Novato, CA!  Wow!  What a great experience to see something we started here in Raleigh going on on the other side of the country!  Chris and I walked away with so much information to help us in planning for the 2013 Conferences and Partner’s Perspective Programs.  Everyone was so welcoming and friendly—just as a “true” sisterhood should be!

5K Goal Accomplished and Other News

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He-l-l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o Sisters!  A lot has happened since we shot the video for the August Newsletter!  I attended the AADE Conference in Indianapolis, IN and accomplished my goal of running a 5K before my sister’s wedding.  I even finished with my fastest time yet!  However, while that is the “up” side, the “down” side is that I had hoped and planned to also lose weight as a result of my rigorous exercise schedule.  After 6 weeks of running at least 5 times a week and Zumba --usually once per week, I did not lose weight.  In fact, I gained four pounds.  I was shocked, to say the least!  

July 2012 Update

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As I discussed in my last blog, I will be posting monthly updates (on the 15th of each month) on my Blog in addition to writing the intro and providing some updates in our Monthly Newsletter which goes out during the first week of the month from now on ---due my increasingly busy schedule.  First, I want to provide an update on my goal of running a 5K.  I am pleased to report that I have stuck to my “guns”.  I am up to running 8 minutes at a time (alternating walking for 3minutes and running for 8 minutes).