June 2017 eNewsletter

June 2017 eNewsletter

 June 2017 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 104                     Sponsored by                      
Dear DiabetesSister , 
Happy June, Sisters! It's summer and while that means a slower pace for many of us, at DiabetesSisters, we are gearing up for our busiest time of the year. Next week, I will travel to San Diego to attend the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions. There, I will meet with many of our partners, participate in discussions with them about the future of DiabetesSisters, learn from the best professionals in the diabetes space, and offer some preliminary findings from our research study, DiabetesSistersVoices
This month's newsletter continues to share information and resources, including the introduction of our informational brochures in Spanish. I'm so proud of this endeavor, offering education to our Spanish-speaking Sisters who also crave knowledge and information on how to best live with diabetes. Check those out in the column to the right. 
I invite you to join us for our next Life Class Webinar, featuring Adam Brown of diaTribe. See below to learn more about the webinar and register.
Finally, check out our speaker highlight on Kelly Schmidt, who will be presenting at this Fall's Weekend for Women Conference in Alexandria, VA. While you're there, learn more about the conference, apply for a scholarship, and register. We would love to see you there!

Until next month,
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS 
23 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

Bright Spots & Landmines, 
A Conversation 
with Adam Brown
Wednesday, June 21, 4pm est
Adam Brown's acclaimed diaTribe column, Adam's Corner, has brought life-transforming diabetes tips to over 600,000 people since 2013. In his book Bright Spots & Landmines, he shares the specific food, mindset, exercise, and sleep strategies that have had a transformative impact on his diabetes. Please join us for this special webinar where Adam will share tips and answer your questions. 
You may submit questions to info@diabetessisters.org with subject line: QUESTIONS FOR ADAM
All who attend the webinar will be entered in a drawing to win Adam's book.


Presented by , the 2017 Weekend for Women Conference follows in the steps of previous conferences, providing education and support for women living with all types of diabetes, as well as their caregivers.
Kelly Schmidt is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, Author and a real food wellness advocate. On Kelly's journey, she did not initially seek out nutrition... it came to her. In 1991 she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and she quickly learned the power of, "food is thy medicine." She has an indistinguishable passion for no-nonsense nutrition and helping people discover the healthiest version of themselves. In 2012, Kelly opened her private practice, Kelly Schmidt Wellness, where she helps hundreds of people with counseling, touring grocery stores, wellness programs, speaking engagements and more.
Kelly gets it. She has had her own health struggles, including weight and nutrition confusion... after all, her childhood nickname was Stubbs! With this, she approaches each client uniquely, helping them to once again get in-tune with their body, and learn how to interpret its messages. She will be an advocate for you, and teach you how to be your own. She believes life is too short to not have the best quality of life every day.
Register today, meet Kelly and attend her session - Using Food as Medicine - where she will discuss creating grocery lists as a prescription pad to better health. This is a session you do not want to miss!
This year, the Weekend for Women Conference Series returns to Alexandria, VA, the weekend of October 13-15, 2017. Partnering with The Diabetes Collective, we have developed a conference agenda that meets your needs, offering education, peer support, and networking. More information is available here.
Scholarships are available. Apply here.
For more information on the conference, including hotel information (our room block is filling up quickly, please reserve your rooms!), click here.
DiabetesSisters is grateful for the financial support of industry partners, including Presenting Sponsor Dexcom, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Insulet, Janssen, Lilly, Merck, Novo Nordisk and Roche.



The three women met at a DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference in 2013. Barbara Hunt, Joyce Yano, and Natalie Sera met and started talking there, and realized that they could bring the support, reinforcement, and resources of the larger experience to a group of women like them in Reno, Nevada. They began planning together, and the Reno PODS Meetup met for the first time in March 2014. 
Reno PODS Meetup Members 
"Our PODS Meetup has coalesced into a really cohesive and 
supportive group. It's wonderful how a group of mostly strangers can come together and become friends because of one unifying 
circumstance they all share." 
~Barbara Hunt, PODS Leader


For Your SweetHeart is a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease and to encourage people with type 2 diabetes to know their heart disease risk and speak to their healthcare provider, for the sake of their health and the people they cherish the most.
For every person who signs up to receive more information at 

ForYourSweetHeart.com, $1 will be donated to leading patient advocacy organizations to further their missions of educating and empowering people with diabetes and heart disease. Learn more and support DiabetesSisters at the same time!


In partnership with 
"At age 16, I went to the doctor before starting a summer job. I told them I was always thirsty, and have been drinking and peeing a lot. They performed a blood sugar test. My blood sugar was 900 (normal is around 120), and I was diagnosed with diabetes."
"Along the way, I learned that if I don't take my insulin, I can become really thin. This was popular among younger people at the time, and my doctors had talked to me about this. They told me that if I don't control my diabetes, it could lead to kidney failure."

Along with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and TrustNetMD, we are gathering women's voices on questions, resources, and thoughts on relevant health topics for women and diabetes via a new website: DiabetesSistersVoices
We invite all women over the age of 18, living with all kinds of diabetes, to register to the site and begin conversations with other women on life with diabetes, share resources, and pose pressing questions about the future of healthcare as it relates to life with diabetes. These contributions will shape the future of research, to be published in a final report, and distributed to healthcare providers.
Note: this is the last month we are recruiting for this study. Please register and share your thoughts and questions. They are integral to research on diabetes and women. Please register today at 
Funding for this project was awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).




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Visit Our Educational Library
Now with resources in Spanish!
Click HERE to visit our growing library where you can download, print, and share this information.
The creation of many of these educational pieces were a result of the generous support of our Advisory Council and industry partners including AstraZeneca, BI, Center for Hope of the Sierras, Dexcom, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lilly, Merck, MicroMass Communications, Novo Nordisk, and Regeneron.

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Arlington, VA 
June 1, 7pm

Chattanooga, TN 

June 1, 6:30pm

Indianapolis, IN
June 3, 11am

Columbus, OH
June 4, 4:15pm

Rochester, NY (Westside)
June 5, 6pm

Ventura County/
San Fernando Valley, CA

June 6, 6:30pm  
Durham, NC 
June 8, 6:30pm
Austin, TX
June 10, 10:30am

Greater Kansas City, MO
June 10, 2pm

Buffalo, NY
June 13, 6pm

Princeton, NJ
June 14, 7pm

Williamsburg, VA
June 20, 6pm

Greensboro, NC
June 20, 6pm

Rochester, NY (Eastside)
June 20, 6pm

Reno, NV
June 20, 6:30pm   


Boston Area
South Shore/Braintree 

June 21, 7pm 

Denver, CO
June 21, 6:30pm

Chesapeake, VA
June 22, 6:30pm

Sacramento County/
Citrus Heights, CA

June 22, 6:30pm

June 22, 8pm EST 


Albany/Schenectady, NY

June 27, 6:30pm
Rochester, NY (CollegeTown/UofR)
June 27, 6:30pm 


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