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

New Year, New Opportunities

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

As trite as it may seem, New Years really is a great time to reflect on the previous year. As we begin to set intentions for the twelve months to come, we can think back on how much we’ve changed and about the growth that’s yet to come. It’s the time of year when the holidays finally end and life begins to settle back into the familiar routines we’re used to.

New Year Priorities

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

2018 is the year I stop making New Year's resolutions. 

What are resolutions anyway? Basically, you promise to deny yourself something you love or to start doing something you hate. You can stick with it for a short period of time, but then you have a stressful day and all bets are off. Next comes the guilt.

Why put yourself through that?

Conversations about Obesity

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

At the last Diabetes Sisters Weekend for Women Conference in October 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, I was a presenter on the subject of eating disorders- my specific topic was compulsive eating and Type 2 diabetes.  I was very happy to add my personal story to the many stories about coping with chronic illnesses. It is a bit exhilarating to speak your story aloud and to hope that your individual pain and recovery touches another person listening.

Navigating the Holidays with T1D

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Now that the holidays are almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to untangle yourself from the tinsel and reflect on your plan for diabetes management during these fun, festive and occasionally stressful times.

My vision is to rest, relax, enjoy family and friends, and eat sensibly. My glucose will likely be within target range at any given time. OK, ok, now that I’ve stopped laughing…let’s talk about the reality of the holidays for those of us with Type 1 Diabetes!

All three times were the charm

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


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.

Doing the Best You Can

Student Blog

You would think that hearing “Happy Holidays!” would bring nothing but joy and excitement around this time of year, but living with type 1 diabetes during the holidays also brings some feelings of anxiety for me. With the holiday season comes family gatherings, gift giving, decorating the house, fun traditions, and lots and lots of yummy food. Though these things bring lots of positivity, they can also be a bit stressful, and as mentioned in a prior blog, stress is not exactly diabetes’ best friend.

Navigating holiday food markets with diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

The Christmas holiday season is finally here! This is probably my favorite time of year. An excuse to eat, drink and be merry. But with access to so much more wonderful foods in the form of Christmas parties, Christmas dinners, Christmas markets, how do we manage all these new carbohydrates with diabetes!? I always say practice makes perfect.