Kerri Sparling Bio
Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years, diagnosed in 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra "Diabetes doesn't define me, but it helps explain me."
Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri's work can be found at diaTribe, Animas, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF's Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time as a writer and consultant. Her first book, Balancing Diabetes (Spry Publishing), is scheduled for release in Spring 2014.
Kerri and her husband, Chris, live in Rhode Island, USA with their daughter. She can be found on Twitter at @sixuntilme.
Read Kerri's columns:
An Interview with Haidee Soule Merritt
Finding Good Health Habits in Morning Rituals
Switching things up in the no nap zone
Taking Care of Her While Taking Care of Me
The little device that keeps track when I can't keep up with diabetes blood sugar testing
A Fine Line
Dealing with the slippery slope of low blood sugar.
Exercising My Right to Go Low
Finding new inspiration is a walk through a park.
When Sleep Becomes "Sleep"
Sleep has a huge influence on how my blood sugars map out.
Food choice flexibility often depends on the individual.
Accidental Basal Tests
Taking advantage of mistakes and making diabetes management more convenient.
Diabetes devices and TSA pat-downs.
The Sound of Silence
Finding comfort in the soundtrack of my diabetes.
Keeps Me Calm
Finding comfort in testing my blood sugar.
Fake It 'Til You Make It
Taking a mind-over-matter approach to diabetes management.
Expanding the Family
I love being a mom, but don't plan on having more children.
My Diabetes Halloween Costume
What would it look like?
The Buddy System
Looking back on going to school with diabetes.
We're all in this together.
Loosen Up Once in a While
Taking a vacation from my diabetes management.
Information, Not Evaluations
Breaking through blood sugar testing results.
Protecting As Best I Can
A mother longs to keep type 1 diabetes all to herself.
Driving with Diabetes
It's all different with the baby on board.
Juggling new motherhood with diabetes burnout.
My Diabetes Team
Good self care is about more than doctors.
A Diabetic Birth
Every moment of my pregnancy was worrisome, but worth it.
Diabetes Plus One
What if you're dealing with multiple health conditions?
Every day in a pregnancy with diabetes brings on something new.
After years of hope and hard work, there's a baby on board.
CGM: Cat Glucose Monitor?
Can feline friends sniff out nocturnal hypoglycemia?
The Benefits of Benefits
Diabetes and the medical insurance battlefield.
Handling the Holidays
As we celebrate the season, we work to have our holidays healthy.
It's Diabetes Awareness Month, and there's no better time to make a difference.
When you want to keep it concealed, there are ways to do it.
Take a Hike
Bringing diabetes into the wilds of the woods!
Getting Body Ready for Baby
Starting the journey towards tight control for myself and my future child.
Thankful for the Bubble
Coming to the understanding that not everyone understands.
A crash course on taking diabetes on my honeymoon.
My Big, Healthy Diabetes Wedding
Saying "I do" to accepting diabetes as part of my big day.
Passing the Torch
Shifting the burden of care from the parent to the child.
Stress Spin Cycle
The balance of close monitoring and acceptance.
Fit to be Tied
Overcoming the frustrations of diabetes and exercise.
CGM: Polaroid to Streaming Video
Making sense of the "real time" revolution.
Moments of Weakness
Navigating the challenges of the holiday season.
For No Reason
Waiting for the storm to pass and to regain the comfort of control.
When Technology Fails
Making sure you're ready to go back to basics when emergency strikes.
Whittling disease management down to a manageable size.
A Pump Vacation
A white-water rafting adventure without wires.
In the Heat of the Moment
Making my insulin pump, and my summer wardrobe, live in harmony.
Being prepared means packing heavily.
To tell, or not to tell? That is the question.
Resolving to be Resolute
Taking stock of the things that need to be changed, and figuring out how to change them.
All I want for Christmas are my islet cells.
In efforts to achieve good control, there are so many people to thank.
More Than Candy and Costumes
A Halloween moment for a child with diabetes.
The Changing Face of Diabetes
Acknowledging twenty years with type one diabetes.
Transitioning myself and my diabetes successfully to college.
My Life In Cardboard Boxes
When life's stress takes its toll on my diabetes management.
Diabetes Can be a Day at the Beach
Integrating your pump into the summer season.
One Part Diabetes, Two Parts Planning
The blend of drinking and diabetes.
Interview with a Diabetic
When blood sugar should be the business of your boss.
Bad Signs of Good Habits
Proper diabetes management may require sharpening of disposal skills.
I Pump, Not iPod
Traveling safely with diabetes.
Running on Empty
Avoiding a low while behind the wheel.
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dLife's Daily Living columnists are not medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.
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