sisterTALK Blogs

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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.

Learning from Honesty About My Diabetes

Perspectives

Would you believe it when I say that at one point, I’d barely talk about my period? That if I did, it would be in hush-hush tones, with code names, with shame, and only to a few close friends (barely even wanted to talk about it to my doctors!).

Mindy is self-publishing an honest book about growing up with chronic illness and mental health. She wrote the content before rose colored glasses impacted her experiences too much. To help this book get published, you can visit the crowdfunding page to learn more, back her project, and help spread the word. You can also follow Mindy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her blog “There’s More to the Story”.

ABUNDANCE OF HEART: Harvesting Self-Care

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

A healthier body leads to a happier mind and life. Self-care encompasses many things and with the competing activities of life, it is easy to be bogged down in daily minutia and abandon our needs and desires, which leads to starvation of spirit. When you think about a healthy body, nutrition and physical activity often follow suit and, while they are two critical components that lead to better overall health, I’m going to address some spiritual and emotional aspects of harvesting self-care.

Finding the will to practice self care whilst travelling

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

This is a post that’s very close to my heart, in that I am currently travelling and at times my ability and patience to keep going when things get tough to have been tested. I am currently on the beautiful island of Ko Samui in Thailand and I am surrounded by beauty, but whilst travelling the mixture of the intense heat and a new atmosphere, as well as constantly being on the go, has got me worn out. I found myself quite ill for the last week.

Diabetes can be a fun fact too!

Student Blog

When I used to hear the term "self-care" I would think brushing my teeth, showering, not eating too much junk food, and maybe doing yoga every now and then. Since being diagnosed with Type 1 self-care has taken on a whole new meaning, a much greater meaning. Living with diabetes presents daily challenges, so it is extremely important to provide ourselves with the care that we really need.

Interdependence and Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Codependency, as defined by my Google search this evening, is "excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically a partner who requires support due to an illness or addiction." However, when I think of interdependence, which is another type of dependency, I get a warm fuzzy feeling. Interdependency is two-sided. Two people depending on each other. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage. How does this relate to diabetes? Let me explain.

Providing the Diabetes Community Understanding and Resources

Perspectives

My name is Laura and I'm 25 years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 4 and I don't really remember living any other way. I grew up going to diabetes camps and attending support groups for kids like me, but to make one thing abundantly clear - growing up with the disease never defined me. I was absolutely a child first and a person with diabetes second.

Interdependence - The Glue That Holds Us Together

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I was diagnosed with “diabetes” 2.5 years ago in a hospital emergency department at the age of 50. I assumed, much like the healthcare practitioners, that due to my age I had the Type 2 variety. I was sent home with oral medication and instructed to contact my physician in the next week for follow-up treatment. Thankfully, my physician is familiar with my family’s health history and treats my two daughters, one of whom has Type 1 Diabetes.

It all links up: weaving all the elements of diabetes while travelling

Perspectives

Diabetes is a funny thing, it’s not a solo entity. In order for it to be manageable, it needs to work well with other elements of our lives. So many things affect my diabetes including, exercise, diet, but the biggest thing for me is stress. When travelling with diabetes there is even more that can cause havoc to my diabetes: altitude, weather and climate!

 

Establishing Interdependence

Student Blog

Interdependence is defined as the quality of being mutually reliant on each other. I find this idea to actually be very difficult and thought-provoking. As a type 1 diabetic, who or what am I relying on? And who or what is also relying on me? I think that I have struggled with interdependence in college a bit because I have found myself relying on my body too much and not relying enough on others. Though I have been type 1 for five years already, I still subconsciously (or sometimes consciously) wish that my pancreas was up and running like those without diabetes.