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.

Educating & Advocating

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

When I was first diagnosed, I never envisioned that one day I would be able to describe myself as a passionate diabetes advocate. It didn't occur to me that diabetes might be something that would eventually become a larger part of my life, rather than remain just a medical-related set of routines and protocols to follow. When I was a teenager, diabetes was something I didn't want to THINK about, never mind talk about unless I absolutely had to. So it came as a great surprise when life led me down a road of self-discovery, education, and an interest in spreading awareness.

Educating and Advocating for Ourselves

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Managing diabetes is a constant battle. The struggle can be with carbs, attitude, willpower, stigma, depression, exercise, sleep, stress, etc. You know the drill.

But sometimes the battle can be with your insurance company.

I’m 56 years old, self-employed, and clearly, I have a pre-existing condition. I had a wonderful Anthem health care plan in 2017 through the Affordable Care Act. Victoza cost me about $80 for a 90-day supply. Not ideal, but manageable.

Interdependence

Student Blog

Oh, independence – it’s a double edged-sword. I thought for a while that I wanted to do diabetes on my own. I quickly discovered that isolating yourself makes managing everything – diet, blood sugar, exercise, and every other detail – so much harder. Interdependence is the way to go.

 

My Best Diabetes Metaphor Yet

Emotional Well-Being

Hello all!

For my final blog post, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about overall health and solid diabetes management through the use of my favorite diabetes metaphor. As I see it, long term diabetes management is a 3 legged stool. We have three goals (or legs) that we need to keep in mind as we go about crushing it at life with diabetes.

The first goal is good physical health. This means blood sugars that are well controlled and a lifestyle that includes good food and regular exercise. Most of us are pretty well-acquainted with this one so I’ll keep going.

Functional Medicine, Food, and the Changes I've Made

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

A few months ago, I switched my primary care to a physician at a functional medicine practice. Functional medicine may seem ambiguous, but it is defined as a biology-based medicinal approach that implements holistic treatments while focusing on the root cause of disease. I have wanted to find a functional medicine doctor, or in my case a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy), for quite some time now, believing that it would be the next step to further optimize my health and wellbeing.

Summer Eats

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Some seasons are easier than others for staying on-track, diet-wise. Fall includes those pesky carb-laden holidays. Winter is brutal. Cold, gray, and windy means comfort food all the way for me. During Spring, things start to improve when asparagus shows up. Then Summer arrives. Cue the heavenly music!

The Dawning of Acceptance - Our Voices Matter

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Now that summer has arrived I have observed the increased acceptance of diversity of all kinds. That is one of the many beauties of life: how different we all are in our singularity. I have noticed less shame regarding body size among women both prominent and average. It seems as beauty standards have become more flexible and redefined, the norm is not just young and impossibly thin but older, darker, and larger in body size.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single...Frito

Emotional Well-Being

Oh boy, do I wish! (I'm pretty sure I'd be there by now!) Exercise can be a huge pain in the tush, especially when a person has diabetes on board. The extra steps involved in getting ready for exercise kept me out of the gym for an extended period of time, especially the part where I’d get low after working out and then have to drink a bunch of juice, effectively cancelling the calories I’d burned.

My Experience Visiting Big Pharma

Perspectives

When most people think of drug companies they get angry. They think: Why are drugs so expensive, all they think of is profit, no regard for those who need the drug. I thought the same way.

My thoughts changed when I attended a Novo Nordisk workshop on April 26 in Plainsboro, NJ. For a full day, I was part of a group with other patients with diabetes and Novo Nordisk doctors and employees. Some of the employees were from New Jersey, others were from their headquarters in Copenhagen.

Life as a Type 1 Traveler

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some really great places around the country. It’s funny to think that the first time I ever took a flight on a commercial airplane was only three years ago. Now I’ve been to several places on my bucket list! Since beginning to travel more, I’ve been to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and a few other really amazing places – including North Carolina twice.