February 2018 eNewsletter

February 2018 eNewsletter

  February 2018, ISSUE 112                                 Sponsored by           
Dear Diabetes Sister, 
It doesn't seem possible that we are welcoming the second month of the year so soon. Yet, here we are, starting February.
This month, we are hosting our first Life Class Webinar of the year focusing on an important topic in diabetes: eating disorders. Did you know that eating disorders are very common among women living with diabetes? Please join us on February 14th, listen in and participate in the conversation. Register today for this free webinar!
Behind the scenes, we continue to build and grow programs and services, including welcoming our latest Board of Directors: Drs. Kalyani and Lavernia. We are honored to have them join our governing board and provide us with their expertise to grow DiabetesSisters. Welcome!
And because this is the month of all things love, take a look at our heart health guide, compliments of the For Your Sweetheart program.
Finally, learn more about our PODS Meetup group in Richmond, VA. For those of you who have been thinking about starting a group, read about Shelby's journey and become inspired. We are here to help develop your skills and reach more women living with diabetes.
Until next month!
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS, CEO
24 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

Candid Discussions About Diabetes and Eating Disorders with Dr. 
Ann Goebrel-Fabri and Asha Brown
(Part 1 of 2 Part Series)
Wednesday, February 14, 4pm EST
Diabetes management requires a fierce focus on food, numbers and control, which can sometimes escalate into an eating disorder. Join leading Diabulimia expert Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri and We Are Diabetes Executive Director Asha Brown for a discussion on some of the most relevant issues facing people who are struggling with diabetes and eating disorders.  This webinar will also discuss treatment options and resources for support, as well as important conversations around fad diets applicable to women with any type of diabetes. 
All who register will be entered to win a copy of Dr. Goebel-Fabbri's book, Prevention and Recovery from Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetes.

Eating disorders and disordered eating are common in women with both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.  In fact, women with diabetes are more likely to be effected by eating disorders than women who don't have diabetes.
Diabulimia and binge eating are two of the most common eating disorders that women with diabetes experience, but there are other types as well.  While side effects can be severe, it is important to understand that help is available and recovery from eating disorders is possible.


DiabetesSisters is pleased to announce the appointment of highly esteemed physicians, Rita Kalyani, MD and Frank Lavernia, MD, to its Board of Directors, effective January 19, 2018. As Board Members, Drs. Kalyani and Lavernia will join existing board members in setting DiabetesSisters-related policies, fundraising, and representing the organization to the community.
Dr. Kalyani is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. 
Dr. Lavernia is an adjunct faculty member of the National Diabetes Education Initiative (NDEI), Vascular Biology Working Group (VBWG), and for the Coalition for the Advancement of Cardiovascular Health (COACH).

When Shelby Kinnaird met DiabetesSisters CEO Anna Norton at a diabetes advocacy event in late 2016, she didn't know there had been a PODS Meetup in Richmond, VA, where Shelby lived.  After hearing that the PODS had disbanded and needed a leader to bring it back on its feet, Shelby quickly decided that reviving the group was something she could do.  In February 2017 Shelby, who has lived with type 2 diabetes for more than 18 years, brought DiabetesSisters of Richmond back to life again.
In its former existence, Richmond PODS met in an area of town called the West End.  Shelby started by deciding to try to bring some women with diabetes together in Chesterfield (another area).  After a few months of successful Meetups in Chesterfield and some planning, Shelby decided to lead TWO active PODS Meetups in Richmond, VA: Chesterfield and West End.
"The support...finding people going through the same thing whom you can talk to in real life." - PODS member Kelley Kent, 
on what she appreciates about the Richmond PODS
There are often new members at each Meetup, so they spend a lot of time sharing personal stories.  They discuss diet, diabetes technology, insurance issues, local doctors, and fitness - plus learning about different types of diabetes such as LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes of adults), as there are members with LADA in each group.


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