Did you miss me? I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. But just because I wasn’t blogging about diabetes, doesn’t mean I wasn’t actively participating in anything diabetes related.
It was a brutally cold winter here in the Northeast last year, but luckily my diabetes was not affected by it.
In April, I attended a DiabetesSisters Leadership Conference in Raleigh, NC. It was a program that allowed various leaders of PODS (Part of DiabetesSisters) from all parts of the country to come together to exchange ideas and best practices for leading a room full of women with diabetes to be the best they can be while living with a chronic illness. For more information about DiabetesSisters, please visit http://www.diabetessisters.org.
Over the summer, I learned about a conference that occurs in Las Vegas, NV. The Diabetes UnConference, as a matter of fact. While I applied for a scholarship to attend that I did not receive, I decided to attend anyway and registered for it with my own money. Why not take a little vacation while attending an “unconference?” Shortly after paying my attendance fee, I found out that some of the women I’ve met through DiabetesSisters will be attending as well! You can find out more about the Diabetes UnConference here: http://diabetesunconference.com/
In September, Anna Norton, DiabetesSisters CEO, attended a PODS meeting in my hometown. It was great to see her again and it was also a wonderful opportunity for the local Sisters to meet Anna. She shared some of her own personal diabetes-related stories and spoke of what she hopes to accomplish in the future under her realm at DiabetesSisters.
In November, I participated in a 21-Day Cleanse sponsored by Kelly Schmidt, RD and my blood sugar numbers were better than they’ve been in years. I discovered that a high-protein diet works really well for me and I’ll be incorporating some of the diet tips that I learned in the new year. Read more about Kelly and her Paleo-infused plans here: http://www.paleoinfused.com/. I also participated in the T1D Looks Like Me campaign on social media. Every day I posted a diabetes fact, tidbit, or refuted myth using various sources from Project Blue November (http://www.projectbluenovember.com/)
In December, I received an email from Anna asking me to call her as soon as possible. I thought I was in trouble from the boss! It turns out that Anna was calling to offer me the cost of airfare to Las Vegas for the Diabetes UnConference I had already planned to attend! I could go as a representative of DiabetesSisters! Of course, I accepted.
And while I didn’t do as well with my overall diabetes management as I had hoped, I did manage to lower my A1c a whole number from October of 2014 to October of 2015. I’m due for another checkup next week.
Even though I wasn’t blogging, blog ideas kept popping up wherever I turned. They are all scribbled down on a post-it note. Future blogs to come! Stay tuned! I promise not to disappoint.