September 2017 eNewsletter

September 2017 eNewsletter

 September 2017 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 107                 Sponsored by                       
Dear Diabetes Sister, 
Happy September - the weather has finally cooled down in the Midwest and I'm looking forward to Autumn. We had a busy summer at DiabetesSisters, with the completion of our research project on DiabetesSistersVoices. I hope you will take a look a look at our findings (check it out in the block to the right). It was a great experience to participate in our first research project along with Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am especially grateful to the many women who participated and shared their comments - thank you!
We have some great in-person programs coming up this week, including our first event in Spanish. If you are in the Greater Miami area, you are invited to join us - see "Upcoming Events" block below for more information. And we continue to reach our community in the Greater Washington, DC, area with an event this Saturday, September 9. You can register by clicking on the image in the block below as well. 
We are getting close to the Weekend for Women Conference in Alexandria next month. For those who have registered, I am excited to see and hug you. If you haven't yet registered, please do so. Registration prices increase TOMORROW, September 6th, so head over to the registration site and join us! 
I urge you to explore the rest of our newsletter - read the great blogs from women like you, the articles written by experts in the field, and the resources we share.
Lastly, but very importantly, I want to acknowledge our Sisters in the Greater Houston area, who may be facing challenges during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Efforts to provide medicine and supplies have been in motion since the storm's arrival by industry as well as people living with diabetes throughout the United States. I am proud to be part of this community, who quickly has gathered excess supplies and shipped boxes and loaded cars to help our d-community.

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


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.
Join Cindy, Karen and Gary as their share their experiences in Sex, Insulin and Rock n Roll. This session invites a high level of audience engagement and laughter, and discusses those sometimes awkward or taboo but important questions and stories about sex, alcohol and drugs while living with diabetes. You do not want to miss this session, sponsored by our friends at Insulet.
Register today, meet this great panel and attend Gary's session - Making Use of Glycemic Index -  where he will help us explore the quality of different types of carbohydrates, with an emphasis on the speed with which different foods affect blood sugar. Gary will also be leading a session for Partners - Diabetes 101, Dealing with Emergencies.
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 and REGISTER today! Prices go up tomorrow, September 6th, and registration closes permanently on September 29th.
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.

Thanks to sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, Lilly, and Novo Nordisk, we are pleased to present two upcoming programs later this week geared toward Hispanic and African American women living with diabetes. Both events are open to women living with diabetes and prediabetes and registration is free.
Healthy Living for Latin Women 
with Diabetes
Lorena Drago, RD, MS, CDN, CDE
September 6
Miami, FL
Lorena will address our first Spanish-speaking audience on ways of living victoriously with diabetes. We are excited to partner with Leon Medical Center for this program. 

Let's Have a Heart to Heart: 
Conversations about Diabetes & 
Heart Health
Pamela Price-Parker, WomenHeart Champion  
September 9
Silver Spring, MD
Join Pamela as she shares her perspective living with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We are happy to continue our partnership with the Healthy Temple Ministry and WomenHeart to offer this program. Register HERE.
For more information, email us at


PODS Leader Cindy Campaniello "caught the DiabetesSisters wave" after attending a Weekend for Women conference in 2011. She came home from the conference and started helping with a PODS Meetup in Rochester, NY shortly after that. A few years later the group was strong and large enough that they decided they could move to 3 different Meetups each month, in different parts of town. (More to come on Rochester Eastside & College Town PODS in future Spotlight posts!)  

Since then, Cindy has made peer support, knowledge, and encouragement available to women with diabetes through DiabetesSisters of Rochester (Westside).
"PODS Leaders have current, accurate resources to share. We are each other's support system. I love helping to encourage support and real change with my dSisters." - Cindy Campaniello, PODS Leader 



Last month, we sat down with Ginger Vieira to chat about her recent pregnancy while living with diabetes. This month, we have the pleasure of sitting with Jennifer Smith, CDE, who along with Ginger, co-authored Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes, which is available for purchase here.
Q: Jenny, you've coached so many women with type 1 diabetes through pregnancy...with so much knowledge on what to expect, what surprised you the most during your own pregnancies?

Jenny: Coaching women with diabetes through pregnancy teaches you the simple fact that everyone is a bit different and that you can achieve anything once you know that you are taking care of the beginning of life for this little person you carry within you.  I feel like I didn't have the same expectations for my second pregnancy as I did for my first. I controlled and watched things the same way, but knew that things could shift and change differently. I found benefit from looking at the records that I kept for my 1st pregnancy and I had a better idea of when a shift could likely take place, but wasn't worried when insulin needs didn't change the same way. I think I was most surprised by the differences in pregnancy itself - not so much by the diabetes piece...although that plays a role in the pregnancy, right, so I guess all-in-all each pregnancy is different and you have to work through it as it is happening. That's why it is helpful to have a great care team to help you along!!  


Source: Boehringer Ingelheim


DiabetesSisters helps to connect women living with diabetes through peer support, education, and advocacy that improves their health and quality of life.  Since 2008, your dollars have allowed us to grow our programs and services, serving thousands of women each year.


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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Indianapolis, IN
September 2, 11am
Chattanooga, TN 
September 7, 6:30pm
Austin, TX 
September 9, 10am
Buffalo, NY
September 11, 6pm
Ventura County/
San Fernando Valley, CA
September 11, 6:30pm
Greater Philadelphia, PA
September 12, 7pm
Denver Metro Area, CO
September 13, 6:30pm
Princeton, NJ 
September 13, 7pm
Durham, NC 
September 14, 6:30pm
Rochester, NY (Westside)
September 16, 9am
Greater Cleveland Area, NC
September 18, 6pm
Williamsburg, VA 
September 19, 6pm
Greensboro, VA 
September 19, 6pm
Rochester, NY (Eastside)
September 19, 6pm
Reno, NV 
September 19, 6:30pm
Apex, NC 
September 20, 6pm
Boston Area
South Shore (Braintree)
September 20, 7pm
Chesapeake, VA 
September 21, 6:30pm
Boston (MetroWest) 
September 21, 7pm
September 21, 8pm Eastern
Rochester, NY 
(College Town/UofR)
September 26, 6:30pm
Albany/Schenectady, NY
September 26, 6:30pm
Greater Sacramento Area
Citrus Heights, CA 
September 28, 6:30pm
Burlington County, NJ 
September 28, 6:30pm
Richmond, VA 
September 28, 7pm



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