I feel so lucky that the Diabetes Sisters National Weekend for Women Conference is happening in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’m a few hours away in VA and will be attending! Diabetes Sisters is an organization out to spread awareness and education about the unique issues women with diabetes face. They sum it up nicely on their website stating that women with diabetes deal with “fluctuating blood sugars due to the hormones of puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause and increased health risks for cardiovascular disease, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, osteoporosis, and ketoacidosis.” Preach.
This national conference is to be educational and uplifting. I’m excited for several reasons. First of all, as you can see by the title of my blog, I like to focus on the unique aspects of diabetes met by women because I am a woman and I believe in the great big role we play in our society. We need to be aware that taking care of our health has super important implications for our families and our society. We need to learn to prioritize with ourselves at the top so that we are in the best state for all the other stuff we do. We need to love ourselves, respect ourselves, and take care of well being because we deserve it and because our families depend on us.
Secondly, a weekend away from my husband and kids-as much as I will miss them, could not come at a better time. I haven’t left the house much since I got pregnant with my twins two and a half years ago. I haven’t left my kids for more than a couple hours at a time. I have been immersed in the world of being a wife/mom/homemaker and it all happened so quickly my head is still spinning. It’s a wonderful world to be immersed in but a short break from it will be really nice. I’m one of those who tends to serve others and forget about myself. Well, my family needs me and in reality, the healthier I am, the more I can do for them. Therefore, I look forward to this opportunity to center myself and think about why I do what I do for my health.
Last but not least, I am excited to learn things from the amazing speakers that will be in attendance and to relay their messages back to you upon my return. If this sounds interesting to you maybe you could plan to attend next year’s conference. Perhaps it will be in a city near you!
I’ve never driven anywhere further than 30 minutes by myself so wish me luck in getting to Raleigh on time. I have a GPS to use but I will not underestimate my rare and impressive ability to get lost ;)
Have a great weekend!