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 info@diabetessisters.org.

The Body Image Wars

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

In today's technological universe we have constant access to information and images. We can instantly document ourselves through images and see ourselves in an immediate feedback loop.

For those of us who are not happy with our physical images, it can be a painful reminder that we don't look a desired way and that effects our mood.

Pregnancy, Menopause, and the Future Ahead

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness like Type 1 diabetes, it doesn’t take long for you to start thinking about your future. You may start to wonder and worry about the days, weeks, months, and even years ahead. But, like the rest of the human race, it’s impossible to really know what the future has in store for us. Life is unpredictable and can often change swiftly and without warning.

Hormones at Any Age

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

My hormones being out of whack when I was young should have been my first clue that I'd develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Unfortunately, 40 years ago, the connections between polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance hadn't yet been made.

I had my first period when I was 10 - every overweight fifth grade girl's dream. A few years later my cycle was exceptionally irregular, but no one knew why. Doctors chalked it up to being a teenager. You know, those raging hormones.

Obesity a Slippery Slope

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Recently, after many months of committed effort and losing a significant amount of weight, I "hit the wall."  Those of us who have struggled to leave the ranks of the obese know about "the wall." The wall is when weight loss slows down and we hit the famous "plateau", and our bodies think it is over.  Should I continue to let go of stored fat or hold on tight to my stores of reserve?  I believe the physiological aspects of weight loss need to be better understood in our conversations about obesity.

Energy & Empowerment

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Every aspect of our physical reality is made up of vibrational energy – including the thoughts within our heads. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually realize this. What happens in your mind is so much more than simple ideas, emotions, and images. There is a life and a power to all that goes on within.

Empowerment

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

I grew up intimidated by authority figures, especially managers and doctors. I rarely questioned anything they said because they were the experts, right?

Then two things happened: I got a female mentor at work and I joined a support organization. I also got older, so I guess that makes three things.

Healthcare Providers and Patients: A Stronger Partnership

Perspectives

On January 26th, 2018, Robin Wright, a patient with Type 2, psychotherapist and PODS Leader in Princeton NJ, delivered remarks at the opening panel discussion of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting / CAP (Corporate AACE Partnership).  The subject was Identifying Access to Care, Identifying Unmet Needs of Patients and/or Clinicians and Generating Solutions to Address the Unmet Needs of patients.  We are pleased to bring you Robin's remarks in full:

Diabetes, Third Wheels and the Importance of a Curiosity Hat

Emotional Well-Being

As a therapist, one of the biggest reservations I hear from PWD (People With Diabetes) around telling their partner what it’s really like to live with a chronic medical condition is, “I don’t want to burden my loved one with my disease.” To be fair, diabetes can totally feel like a third wheel. But what lands people in my office more often than anything for couples’ counseling is the partner’s concern for the PWD’s emotional health.

Matters of the Heart

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

There’s so much more to living with diabetes than meets the eye. Sure, it’s easy to get wrapped up in dealing with how much time it takes to test, carb count, and calculate insulin doses. Our mind often notices how difficult the physical symptoms of a low, or high, can be, but how often do we truly turn inward and think about how having diabetes really makes us feel?