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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)

DiabetesSisters of Arlington, VA

Sharon Bretzfield was diagnosed with diabetes right after she finished college, so she didn’t grow up managing it. She had never met another person with type 1 diabetes who was diagnosed as a young adult, and wondered if she was the only one – at least the only one in the Arlington, VA/Greater DC area. She started looking online for others with the same diabetes story, particularly those striving to be healthy, exercise, eat, and live with diabetes.