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DiabetesSisters of Seattle, WA

Erin M. Akers loved DiabetesSisters since she first “met” the organization through a Weekend for Women conference in 2011. There, she got a chance to really see the immense difference DS was having in women's lives who lived with diabetes. After a few years of attending DS events and then appearing as a guest speaker, Erin knew that she wanted to be more involved with DiabetesSisters' specific mission of helping all women with diabetes.

DiabetesSisters of St. Augustine, FL

Melissa Slemp experienced the strength and sisterhood as an active member of the Jacksonville, FL PODS Meetup for six years when she began thinking of creating another PODS closer to her home, about an hour from Jacksonville. She recognized the need for support for women with all types of diabetes in St. Augustine. Jacksonville leaders Jennifer Stanton and Diane Bajalia encouraged her to start and grow a group in her community.

May 2019: Partner Spotlight - Lilly

Some people living with diabetes in the U.S. face increasingly high out-of-pocket costs for insulin, a medicine that regulates the level of sugar in the blood and allows cells to use and store sugar for energy. Some are confronted with difficult financial choices and healthcare consequences that can prove dire. Some even ration their insulin to offset costs, which can be dangerous.

DiabetesSisters of Greater Portland, OR

In Summer 2018, Helena Kierstead randomly decided to step out of her comfort zone. There were very few support groups for people with diabetes in the greater Portland, OR area, and she knew she wanted to find one. As someone who is adept at searching for info and resources online, she started searching for in-person peer support for women living with diabetes. She found the DiabetesSisters website, saw "become a PODS Leader" link, and clicked it.