October 2017 eNewsletter

October 2017 eNewsletter

 October 2017 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 108                 Sponsored by                       
Dear Diabetes Sister, 
October is here and at DiabetesSisters, we've been busy. Last month, we welcomed Karen Graffeo to our staff. Karen is serving as Program Manager, responsible for our social media efforts and website. Many of you know her as a prominent blogger in the diabetes community - learn more about her here
Next week, our staff is traveling to Alexandria, VA, to host our 3rd Leadership Institute for PODS Leaders and 9th Weekend for Women Conference. I'm so excited to greet familiar faces and welcome new women into our Sisterhood. If you are not attending, not to worry, we will share a recap of the event next month.
I hope you will enjoy this month's e-newsletter. We've shared some of the many projects and programs we've been working on, highlighted some of the great work of our Board of Directors and provided useful resources for better living with diabetes.
Lastly, but very importantly, we continue to hear from our members about ways to help those in need after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. We have been referring questions to Insulin for Life, a reputable organization dedicated to receiving supplies and medications for people with diabetes, and ensuring their safe delivery and distribution to those in need. In times like these, it is heartwarming to see how our community comes together to help one another.
Until next month,
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS CEO
24 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

Thanks to sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, Lilly, and Novo Nordisk, we are pleased to present our first Spanish program, Preguntas y respuestas acerca de la diabetes y nutrición (Questions and Answers About Diabetes and Nutrition).  Lorena Drago, RD, MS, CDN, CDE, led an informative program for patients at Leon Medical Center in Greater Miami last month. Her presentation included information about diabetes, and culturally specific conversations about healthy eating. Content also included basics on carbohydrate counting and information about routine tests including cholesterol, triglycerides and A1c.

 Attendees demonstrated their Latin warmth and
appreciation at the end of the program.
We will continue our partnership with Leon Medical Center and bring more of these events in 2018.


David Warren recently spoke on the subject of non-medical switching at the NC Department of Health & Human Services Division of Medical Assistance Preferred Drug List Review Panel Meeting in Raleigh. He commented on behalf of his wife, who has lived with diabetes for over 40 years, and also represented the 10 million women living with diabetes in the U.S.
Andrea Thomas furthered our community efforts to engage more women living in underserved populations with type 2 diabetes by coordinating a gathering with WomenHeart.  The event, held in Silver Springs, focused on diabetes and heart health.  Attendees were educated and inspired about their heart health.

In 2015, DiabetesSisters partnered with Dr. Laura Young of The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism to lead a research project exploring stress, diabetes, and community support. Jo-Nette Boyd and Lisa English co-led the DiabetesSisters support group that met in Chapel Hill for about 10 months as a part of the research. While the Chapel Hill group was meeting, Jane Dyson was leading a DiabetesSisters PODS Meetup at the DiabetesSisters office in Durham, NC. After the study was over, Jane, Lisa, and Jo-Nette decided to join the two PODS Meetups together. In Spring 2016, they became co-leaders of DiabetesSisters of Durham, NC.
In addition to leading group discussions and activities with DiabetesSisters educational modules, Jo-Nette, Jane, & Lisa also address underserved diabetes education needs by inviting experts to PODS Meetups.
"As a leader I've learned much more than I prepared to share." - Lisa English, PODS Leader

DiabetesSisters is excited to participate and discuss ways to offer peer support
at the upcoming Diabetes Empowerment Summit. Host Daniele Hargenrader created this online conference to provide tools to build a diabetes emotional support system, reduce fears about living with diabetes, and teach how to overcome mental barriers.
The Diabetes Empowerment Summit is open to those with any type of diabetes, as well as those who love/care for someone with diabetes (this includes HCPs!). It takes place online and free from November 1-5, 2017.   



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October 2, 6pm
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San Fernando Valley, CA 
October 2, 6:30pm
Chattanooga, TN 
October 5, 6:30pm
Indianapolis, IN 
October 7, 11 am
Greater Philadelphia, PA 
October 10, 7pm
Princeton, NJ 
October 11, 7pm
Durham, NC 
October  12, 6:30pm
Buffalo, NY 
October 16, 6:30pm

Williamsburg, VA 

October 17, 6pm
Greensboro, NC
October 17, 6pm
Rochester, NY (Eastside) 
October 17, 6pm
Boston Area
South Shore (Braintree) 
October 18, 7pm
Chesapeake, VA 
October 19, 6:30pm
Denver Metro Area, CO
October  19, 6:30pm
Burlington County, NJ
October 19, 6:30pm


October 19, 8pm Eastern
Albany/Schenectady, NY 
October 24, 6:30pm
Rochester, NY (College Town/UofR)
October 24, 6:30pm
Jacksonville, FL
October 24, 7:00pm
Greater Sacramento Area
Citrus Heights, CA 
October 26, 6:30pm
Boston (MetroWest)

October 26, 7:00pm

Richmond, VA

October 26, 7pm


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