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DiabetesSisters of Columbus, OH

Allison Hurley had lived with type 1 diabetes for about 14 years when her endocrinologist referred her to DiabetesSisters in the spring of 2016, with the hopes of starting a local support group for women with diabetes in Columbus, Ohio. Allison immediately began plans for a PODS Meetup, and led the first meeting in July 2016.

DiabetesSisters of Albany/Schenectady and Clifton Park, NY

Connie Hanham-Cain, RN, CDE met DiabetesSisters Founder Brandy Barnes at the American Association of Diabetes Educators conference in 2009, and attended the 1st DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference in Raleigh, NC. In June 2010 she invited some of her colleagues with diabetes to join her in creating the first Part of DiabetesSisters (PODS) Meetup in the greater Albany, NY area.

DiabetesSisters of Perinton/Fairport, NY

Andrea Herndon knows her way around peer support and diabetes advocacy. Eight years ago, during the early stages of DiabetesSisters and PODS Meetups, she saw an advertisement for DiabetesSisters in a diabetes magazine while waiting at her doctor's office in Rochester, NY. Soon after, she invited a group of women living with diabetes to gather around her kitchen table, get to know each other, and talk about living with this disease.

DiabetesSisters of Buffalo, NY

Buffalo PODS groupAshley Illuzzi began looking for a local diabetes support group in 2017, only a year after her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. When she couldn’t find any groups specifically for women with diabetes in the Buffalo, NY area, she made the trip to attend several Rochester PODS meetups. She enjoyed them greatly and wanted to find a way to offer the same support to women in her local area.