We Choose to Live
October 27, 2017
I was honored and blessed to attend the DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute and Weekend for Women conference in Alexandria, Virginia last weekend. It was co-hosted by the Unconference as well. There were so many friendships, so much knowledge gained, and appreciation for both organizations who put their heart and soul into making life just a little bit better living with diabetes.
The DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute and Weekend for Women Conference has been on my calendar for months, and I have been counting down the weeks and days. The car was packed, fur babies kissed…it was finally time to hit the road to Alexandria, VA. I was full of excitement, as this was my first time attending the Leadership Institute, and it has been many years since my last Weekend for Women Conference.
I know I am not the only person with type 1 diabetes, yet it often feels like it. But I certainly did not feel alone with my diabetes the weekend of October 13 – 15 when I attended the DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women in Alexandria, VA, the weekend of OCtober 13, 2017. There were at least 150 women young and old, with all types of diabetes. Years with diabetes ranged from recently diagnosed women to women who have had diabetes for 50 or more years like me.
Last month, we sat down with Ginger Vieira to chat about her recent pregnancy while living with diabetes.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with esteemed DiabetesSisters' faculty member, Ginger Vieira, to chat about her recent pregnancy while living with diabetes.
My name is Laura and I'm 25 years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 4 and I don't really remember living any other way. I grew up going to diabetes camps and attending support groups for kids like me, but to make one thing abundantly clear - growing up with the disease never defined me. I was absolutely a child first and a person with diabetes second.
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This is a story of someone with diabetes and kidney disease. You will find out how one person learned to live well with these diseases and what treatments are needed. It is also about how they learned that having a support system was key to their success.
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