Type 2 Diabetes

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How I Became a (Diabetes) Sister

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To be honest, (or as my 16 year- old would say: “TBH”), when I first heard about Diabetes Sisters, I thought it was a support group for black women with diabetes.  Really.  When have you ever heard white women (or any other ethnic group) refer to themselves as “sisters”?  Unless they were related by blood kind of sisters--like the Lennon Sisters (yeah, I’m that old).  Black women refer to themselves as sisters rather regularly, hence, my initial confusion.

The Circle of Life

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As we concluded the year of 2014 PODS meeting in Princeton, NJ, I looked around our group, woman I have grown close to over the last two years and some new faces also.  This meeting was a time for evaluation. Using "The Circle of Life", a diagram with the spokes of the wheel made up of with the areas of life: spirituality, confidence, education, career, finances, health, physical activity, home cooking, home environment, relationships, social life and creativity as our guide.

Are Pharmaceutical Companies Finally Listening?

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A few weeks ago I was invited to participate on a panel discussion about managing life with Type 2 diabetes to the Boehringer Ingleheim Pharmaceutical Company in Danbury, Conn. The panel discussion was on the campus of the company with about 100 staff who attended and a virtual hook-up through out the company. I was joined by two other members of Diabetes Sisters, Michele from Princeton, NJ and Cindy from Rochester, NY.

Wonderful October PODS Meeting in Princeton NJ area

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We had a wonderful October PODS meeting in the Princeton, NJ area and wanted to share it with all of you. We were using the DS manual and kept the discussion related to "Our Greatest  Challenges in Coping with Diabetes", the October topic. What was so wonderful was the openness and humor we shared. At one point a passerby( we meet in a room in a local public library) opened the door to see why we were laughing so much.

So here are some of the stories:

Doctor's Visits- "Fear and Trembling"

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Ok I know I am being overly dramatic but...I do not like going to MD appointments and I have put this one off for a few months. I guess I have "white coat syndrome". This actually is a condition of extreme panic  some patients have when they go to a doctors office. So is it the white coat that sends me into a panic or what the white coat is going to tell me:

"You have put on weight!"

"Why didn't you come in sooner?"

"You have to have this test and see that specialist and follow up with this one and that one!"

Type 2 Diabetes and Overeating

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When did it all begin the cycle of overeating and dieting? I was always a "big person", taller in height and larger in body size for my peer group and my generation. So in order to be smaller I actually got bigger because dieting was depriving and then I had to fill myself up to make up for the depravation (translation: overeat). Hence the birth of a terrible cycle of self denial with the illusion I was "in control" and then to my horror I was "out of control" eating everything  I could and completely losing track of reading my hunger cues and balanced routines about eating.

Keeping Positive

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As I look around me everyone seems to be challenged by the worries that shadow all our lives. It could be illness, difficulty with work, problems with people we love or just the sad situation of seemingly endless human conflict in the global community.

Everyone has to cope with these stressors and if you have a chronic condition that requires daily management, you could feel like there is a time bomb ticking with your health that is eventually going to go off.

We can't effect so many things in our lives but we can work on our thoughts and then our behavior.

Just Moving More is Exercise

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I know that exercise is critical for managing Diabetes and our overall health, but sadly I have resistance to the idea of exercise. In the Princeton PODS meeting we talked about "movement" and I really liked that idea. I can move more and it will have positive effects and I can incorporate into my day. Because I am in a beautiful environment( trees, pastures, lakes) I feel motivated to be outside and that helps. One device that I find helpful is a pedometer. It gives me an easy way to measure my movements. I wanted to ask you about how you put movement into your lives.