I am so glad that my normal blogging day occurred so quickly after returning home from the conference!
I had the opportunity to attend the DiabetesSisters (www.diabetessisters.org) Weekend for Women Conference in Washington, DC (Embassy Suites, Alexandria, VA) this past weekend for the first time! I am so glad that I did! Not only did I make new friends, but I learned things that I never knew before (even though I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes for 21+ years). The most important part of the weekend, however, was being in a room surrounded by other diabetics and not be afraid to cry when a topic touches you emotionally, being able to test your blood sugar right there in the wide open without people giving you “the look” of oh-my-God-what-is-she-doing horror, remembering the sound of my insulin pump as others’ were beeping, etc. It was great to not be alone! Sickness, low blood sugars, high blood sugars, eating whatever we wanted and not having anyone ask, “Should you be eating that?” were all shared together with our own support system. I want to especially thank Brandy Barnes, the Founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters for forming such an AMAZING organization. Words cannot express how much I have learned from your organization, this conference, and the PODS Meetups I’ve attended! I also want to thank Anna Norton, Operations Manager, for all of your hard work and answering my numerous questions in preparation for, and at, the conference! You ladies are amazing and I can never thank you both enough! My life has been changed and I can’t wait to attend another conference in the future!
Here are some pictures of Old Town Alexandria, VA, Washington, DC, Embassy Suites, and of course, My DiabetesSisters: