Perspectives

Perspectives

All three times were the charm

Perspectives
If you’ve had type 1 diabetes (T1) for many years, you may have attended a diabetes camp as a child.I was diagnosed as an adult at the age of 48 so I never grew up knowing any other people with the same type of diabetes as me, or going to a diabetes camp where I could make friends and be with others who could truly understand what life is like living with our condition. Connected in Motion Catalina is like going to diabetes camp, but for adults.  It’s almost like going to a weekend-long DiabetesSisters meeting!
 

Experiencing a PCOS and Endometriosis Flare Up

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I’m curled up on the sidelines with my tips and tricks to get by while cheering on the birth control to defeat my body. Yes- in this weird twisted set up…. All I want is for my body to lose to the medication in this constant battle- this battle of chaotic and painful periods. My body wants to constantly have a period. There’s the traditional nonsense of a period- but then I have PCOS and endometriosis along for the ride causing absolute mayhem. The overall laziness- lack of motivation- and insomnia is extreme for me. It really gets in the way of a lot.

Thriving with Diabetes and Other Diagnoses

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At this point, it might be evident that I have quite a few diagnoses such as type 1 diabetes, asthma, allergies, thyroid issues, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, PCOS, and endometriosis. With all of this going on, I like to call myself a big ball of fun. I usually state this when I arrive at a doctors’ appointment or go to the pharmacy to pick up one of my many prescriptions.

We Choose to Live

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In October 2017, I attended the Weekend for Women Conference and DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute. Being surrounded by 150 people with diabetes left me awestruck. I attended many sessions led by brilliant, dedicated advocates for people with diabetes. I learned about the role that the glycemic index plays when trying to balance carbohydrate and insulin absorption from Gary Scheiner. I learned about the latest technology advances available and coming to us from Melissa Lee.

Well Worth the Distance Traveled

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I was honored and blessed to attend the DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute and Weekend for Women conference in Alexandria, Virginia last weekend.  It was co-hosted by the Unconference as well.  There were so many friendships, so much knowledge gained, and appreciation for both organizations who  put their heart and soul into making life just a little bit better living with diabetes.

Diabetes conferences, AKA immediate connections with friends you haven't met before

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The DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute and Weekend for Women Conference has been on my calendar for months, and I have been counting down the weeks and days.  The car was packed, fur babies kissed…it was finally time to hit the road to Alexandria, VA.  I was full of excitement, as this was my first time attending the Leadership Institute, and it has been many years since my last Weekend for Women Conference.