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.

5 Tips for Smart Snacking with Diabetes

Perspectives

By Liza Resurreccion

Liza Resurreccion joined Medtronic Diabetes in 2006 as a Diabetes Clinical Manager in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked directly with patients and healthcare providers. She enjoyed training patients on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems, helping them to achieve better diabetes management. In 2010, Liza joined the Clinical Education team at Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, CA, providing clinical input and training strategies for our pump and CGM products.

Healthy Snacks

Just Like Insulin, Birth Control is a Management Tool- Not a Cure

Perspectives

My last blog was about the benefits of birth control for me. I didn’t talk much about the diabetes because I felt that it deserved it’s own space. (along with a few other things).
So birth control and diabetes?
Well to begin with the birth control helps with a lot the period symptoms and problems I have which in term helps with the diabetes.

You Can Thrive during the Holiday Season!

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Last night at the PODS meetup in Princeton, New Jersey, the subject of discussion was "How to Thrive and not feel Deprived during the Holiday Season".  As we all well know, the combination of the onset of winter and seasonal holiday gatherings can be a formidible challenge when trying to keep on top of our health.  Members of our group expressed anger at the restrictions they face when surrounded by food that is special and particularly appealing.  Also, friends and family may be well meaning but it is up to us decide what is best for ourselves.

Surviving the Holidays

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Happy Holidays, Diabetes Sisters! This is my last blog post for a while, as I'm feeling the need to tuck into my personal relationships and honor my work/life balance. While I won't be contributing regularly, fingers crossed I'll pop back in from time to time and join in on the conversation. 

It's almost Christmas, and here in Montana the snow is piling up and I'm rolling from one holiday party to the next. We still have 2 more weeks of festivities to go, so I'm holding tight and getting out my eating pants. 

Net Carbs Vs. Total Carbs: What Counts?

Perspectives

By Katie Crupi-Sullivan, RD, CDE

Katie Crupi-Sullivan is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Medtronic Diabetes Clinical Manager for Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She dedicates her professional career to helping people with diabetes have a better understanding of how food affects diabetes control. She loves to educate people about advanced pump features and continuous glucose monitoring to improve diabetes management.

Holiday Inspired Wishes

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

With Thanksgiving just past and Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, this is a time of year for reflection. I’ve been thinking lately not only about what I am thankful for, but also what I wish for, and how that has changed over time. Recently I was discussing diabetes and other health related challenges with someone, and I found myself saying that I would trade my left arm to be rid of diabetes. Never mind that I am right handed, this still seemed like a huge sacrifice. Of course, this is not possible, but still, I kind of surprised myself when I said it out loud.

Birth Control Makes It a Little Easier

Perspectives

Birth control has made a world of difference for me when it comes to my periods. I’ve briefly touched on how my body reacts to my period. I started birth control my freshmen year of high school. I didn’t have the diagnoses of PCOS and endometriosis, but I’m glad that I was already doing one of the main ways to make it manageable, birth control. I’ve been grateful for it ever since.

How the Diabetes Community Positively Impacted My Life

Student Blog

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12, I knew of one boy at my school that was diagnosed a few years before me. All I really knew was that he got to eat snacks in class and had to go to the nurse a lot. Unfortunately, he had transferred schools and the only other person I knew who had type 1 diabetes was my mom’s friend’s daughter, who was away at college. To sum it up, I felt pretty alone.