As an invisible illness, diabetes can feel terribly isolating, especially when first diagnosed. Many of us remember the first person we met who also had diabetes. For author Amy Stockwell Mercer, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 25 years ago while at boarding school, her first D-friend came from a very unlikely source. Today, Amy shares her memories of this first friend, and how that connection helped inspire her new book, The Smart Woman's…Read more »
Like your shadow, diabetes is always following you. It never takes a holiday or sick day (other than making you sick), and it certainly doesn't take a day off for all those important moments in your life. So when my boyfriend asked me to marry him on a sunny day in May last year, I knew that on top of sorting through wedding colors, choosing vendors, and slimming down to wear that pretty white dress,…Read more »
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a really special type of diabetes event, just for the gals! The DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, hosted almost 100 women from 20 states, who convened for two intense days of learning, bonding, and lots of fun. I had never been to a women-only conference before, so it was something new from many angles: a unique opportunity to spend time discussing the…Read more »
If you have diabetes and have not yet been to a local TCOYD event, boo on you. Seriously, you are missing out!
These day-long conferences, taking place on Saturdays in "smaller venues" around the country (i.e. cities like Albany and Providence, instead of NYC and Boston) are geared at all of us "local people" with diabetes who could use a boost of information and motivation. Who couldn't use that? Plus, you get free lunch (yes,…
Maybe that isn't the most politically correct title for this post; I should grow up and say "women's issues," right? Naw. Just like any formerly repressed group, we get to refer to ourselves any way we want. And a girl might just change her mind, you know
I've been feeling especially frustrated with all the "complications" of being a woman lately (and not just at that time of the month!*) Did you know, for starters,…