After our last Princeton, New Jersey PODS meeting, several members of our group lingered to talk about feeling out of control with their eating. The questions distilled themselves into "Why do I slip up? I know I feel better when I eat less carbohydrates and sugar, so why do I keep going back?" and "Why do I make choices that hurt me?".
A few years ago, my doctor mentioned to me that my blood glucose numbers were creeping up. Her words struck terror in my heart.
Call me crazy, but I love going to the doctor.
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.
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.
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.
As I sit and write today I am surrounded by the beautiful colors of Fall. Brilliant shades of burnt orange, red, gold and hues of green against a blue and white cloud filled sky. I know these colors make me happy as they usher in a season of being cozy and comfortable inside.
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:
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