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.

Peace of Mind within a Piece of Jewelry

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

I remember the day I bought my first medical alert bracelet. I think we were on our way into Boston for an appointment at the Joslin Diabetes Center. My parents and I stopped at a pharmaceutical supply store that had previously been a pet shop during my early childhood. I would have given just about anything to have been browsing for a fish or hamster rather than something I had to wear that would signify just how different I really was.

Twenty Five Years of Diabetes

sisterSTAFF Blog

Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. With a blood sugar of over 1200 mg/dL, my body was shutting down. I was 18 years old, in many ways, just beginning my life.

In those 25 years, much has changed in my life: college, career, relationships, marriage, motherhood. The one constant has been diabetes.

Bridging the Chasm: Birth Trauma, PTSD, and Two Types of Diabetes

Perspectives

PhyllisaDerozeI had the wonderful opportunity in July 2018 to be one of the keynote speakers at Boston University’s inaugural “Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women’s Health over the Life Course” conference. This was a special privilege for me because I have a toddler who just turned 3 years old and I am still on a path to healing from my birth experience.

Gaining Independence through Education and Advocacy

Student Blog

One of the best lessons I’ve learned is this: doctors don’t know everything. They make mistakes. They miss certain signs and symptoms. An example of this is the number of misdiagnoses in the diabetes world. But as diabetics, particularly Type 1s, most of us were diagnosed at a young age, and were told to listen intently to every word our doctors said. We are taught from diagnosis to follow our doctors’ directions perfectly. But as every diabetic comes to know, over time, that becomes impossible. There comes a point when you have to learn how to be independent in managing your health.

Educating and Advocating for Ourselves - Gestational and Type 2

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Earlier this month I was invited to Boston University School of Medicine for a two-day conference entitled "Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women’s Health over the Life Course." At this conference we discussed resources (or lack thereof) available for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes during and after pregnancy. We talked about medical resources as well as peer to peer support.