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 info@diabetessisters.org.

Taking Steps Towards Advocacy

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I was a diabetes advocate long before I ever self-identified as one.

When I was in high school, shortly after being diagnosed, I created a team for the JDRF walk in Massachusetts at Six Flags New England. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that main reason I wanted to go was to spend the day with my friends at an amusement park. Raising money for a disease I had was simply an added bonus!

Finding my missing puzzle piece - Leadership Institute 2018

Perspectives

Do you ever feel like a puzzle piece; one that belongs somewhere among the other 1000 pieces of imagery, not quite sure where you fit or how you can connect to form the giant picture? This has been the story of my life. For over 44 years my jigsaw had a hole. I let this empty space define me while I constantly searched for a way to fill the empty void. If only I could see that the answer was right before me the whole time.

Leadership Institute - Support and Love

Perspectives

First, I am going to introduce myself. My name is Alejandra Marquez. I am from Venezuela but I live in Greensboro, NC. I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 26 years. I have been part of DiabetesSisters since 2011. I am the PODS Leader in Greensboro NC. I participated in the DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017, and the Leadership Institute in 2017 and 2018.

Strategize

Nutrition

Set yourself up for success. How? Structure and strategies.

Use the seasons to stop, reflect and set new goals. I will even do this monthly, and in fact, tract my notes in a repeated calendar entry in my GMail. I live off my calendar, so this is effective for me. The question is, “What will work best for you?”

Fall Into the Future

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Living in the Northeast, it’s funny how quickly the season changes from summer into fall. One minute I’m lounging in my beach chair, toes in the sand, soaking up the sun, and the next I’m digging through the back of my closest for my tall brown boots and my tiny space heater.

Thriving through the holiDAZE

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

My stepdaughter called last week and asked: “what’s the plan for Thanksgiving?” Something akin to panic set in. I know you don’t want to hear it, but the holidays are upon us.

So, how do you survive the oncoming onslaught of food and stress?

First, do not, under any circumstances, stop exercising. Whether you walk, run, hike, climb, lift, jump, stretch, play, dance, or paddle, keep doing it.