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DiabetesSisters of Greater Philadelphia, PA

About five years ago, Tara Weiss got an email that a new DiabetesSisters PODS Meetup was starting in the Greater Philadelphia area, and decided to try it. She loved being able to talk with a group of women living with diabetes who had gone through similar experiences as she had. When the PODS Leader at the time needed to step down from leading a few years later, Tara did not want the PODS to disappear. She agreed to lead and keep the group going. That was in 2016.

DiabetesSisters of Rhode Island

After being diagnosed with diabetes (type 1) as an adult in 2017, Rena Rossi found DiabetesSisters and the Part of DiabetesSisters (PODS) Meetup program. Rena knew that she needed peer support for her own life with diabetes, and wanted to become more involved with the diabetes community, but the closest PODS Meetup was more than an hour (and a different state) away. Plus, she wanted to create the first PODS Meetup in Rhode Island.

August 2019: Diabetic Gastroparesis: Did You Know?

  • Gastroparesis, a disorder of gastrointestinal motility, is a syndrome characterized by delayed emptying of the stomach
  • It is estimated to affect up to 5 million individuals in the US1
  • Diabetes (including both type 1 and type 2) is the most common known cause of gastroparesis2
  • Symptoms include1:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Bloating
    • Abdominal pain
    • Postprandial fullness (feeling full long after finishing a meal)