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May the Fourth Be With You.

Today is May the 4th.  It's Star Wars day ("May the fourth be with you!"), which is awesome, and it's also the seventh birthday of Six Until Me.  I posted my first blog entry seven years ago today:

"My name is Kerri.

I could go through the hassle of establishing a nom de plume, but I wasn't thinking when I set this up and I signed in with my real name. Note to Potential Stalkers: Please don't.

The purpose of this is to make contact with other diabetics. It's one of those diseases (or maybe they're all this way, I'm not sure) where even if you have the mechanics of it completely mastered, the psychological battle is just as daunting. Every time I test my blood sugar, the result stirs me up emotionally. If I'm high, I feel guilty. Or surprised. Or angry. If I'm low, I feel anxious. And slightly panicky. Or confused. A normal reading level might make me feel cocky. Or successful. But they all make me feel something. And it's not just physiological. There is so much involved in the daily maintenance of diabetes that a support network isn't just nice, it's necessary.

Reach out. Ask questions. Answer the litany I'm sure to ask. Network network network. And when that doesn't work, just repeat repeat repeat."

Seven years ago, I felt alone with diabetes.  But now, as I begin my eighth year of blogging, I don't feel alone at all.  The Internet has opened up a world of support that I wish existed back when I was a kid, as it's had such a positive influence on my overall health.  Your support empowers me to take better care of myself, and you guys are an integral part of my healthcare team.  Just knowing you're out there makes a world of difference.

There's something really powerful about that.  And something really awesome.  

Thank you so, so much for reading over the last seven years!!  I'm so proud to call you friends.

Comments

Happy 7th birthday to Six Until Me!

I'm glad you started blogging and I'm glad to have found this site when I needed to connect.

Happy Star Wars Day, Kerri!

Happy Blogiversary!

I hope in seven years I'm making as big an impact as you :)

Happy Birthday SUM!

I stumbled upon SUM about two years ago. This was my first foray into the online world, and the discovery of the DOC. I have come into contact with many amazing people as a result. I have learnt how to more properly control my diabetes, and reduced my A1C in tbe process, but most of all felt that there were others just like me, and that I was not alone. This was hugely important to me.

Thank you, Kerri, for all of this :)

Aww Kerri, thanks for doing this! You're such a joy to know and to read. I first found your blog while you were pregnant with Birdy. I've loved getting to know you and watch her grow. Thanks for being someone who is awesome, and thanks for sharing! :)

Thank you so much Kerri for blogging. Until I started following your blog I never really had anyone in my life who understands what it's like to be diabetic. Now when I read what you write I know I'm not alone in the things I experience with this disease. Your sense of humor and down to earth writing skills make reading your blog one of the highlights of my day. Keep up the good work!

May the force be with you and with us all!

Hi Kerri. This comment probably will sound like a bunch of crap - but I found your site/blog today due to a forum post on TuDiabetes, and have enjoyed reading it. Thank you for taking time from the last 7 years to blog about your experiences with diabetes, it really helps new diabetics (like me), and everyone else! It is an enjoyable blog.

Kerri, I am SO so glad you started this blog. I just wish I'd found it sooner than this year! I've told you this before, you reading your blog inspired me to start writing mine and oh my goodness it has been life changing. I am in better control than I've ever been, and it's because I'm more AWARE than ever before. And I can't even begin to say how helpful it's been to "meet" other T1's who are miraculous just.like.me. I had always felt completely alone in this journey. My family supports me, of course .. but they can't fully get it. So, thank you! Thank you for writing/sharing, and thank you for doing such a great job representin'! Hope our paths cross again one day. It was so great to meet you last month!

Thank you for your daily post. It is my daily read... You make me feel better as a person with Diabetes

Kerri-
The first intro I had to you was an article in JDRF newsletter about you seeing a mom test her daughter at a busy train station. As a mom with relatively newly diagnosed daughter, it made me cry. I've been following your blog ever since, and the insight you offer me into what my daughter might be/maybe will experience is PRICELESS. Thank you for all your efforts.

Also have to comment on how strange the blogger/reader relationship is. I honestly feel like I know you so well, like you are one of my besties, and you and your fam have appeared in more than one of my dreams (result of TMI on your page? :)). Not a reciprocal relationship, but an important one just the same. Funny.

Happy Blogaversary my friend! Oh,how the internetz has changed the world of Diabetes since we were youngsters with broken pancreases!
Now we have Diabetes support,love,friendship & knowledge right at our freckled & VERY calloused fingertips!
And that is a wonderful thing!
HUGS!
Kelly K

Kerri:

A great job you have done.

Many have bettered because blog you do.

May the Fourth be with you as well.

Congratulations on 7th years! I, too, wish I could have found your blog sooner. You have been an inspiration and changed so many lives. Thank you for your honesty and openness:)

Thank you sooo much for making us feel a little more"normal" with this cruel, abnormal condition
Congrats on year 7 !!!

(in a Yoda voice) -
A huge impact on your life, Diabetes has...

Achieved even greater impact on many lives, Kerri has.

- May the 4th be with you!

Happy Seventh! (Careful, I was diagnosed just after turning seven). I don't know if you realize what an inspiration you have been to people around the world -- including me. By starting this blog as your emotional diabetes outlet, you've taught us that we PWDs are also entitled to an emotional outlet (and outburst, as the case may be). Congratulations. And Thank you.

Happy anniversary! I am so so thankful for your blog; it was one of the first I found and it just gave me such a relief that I can´t even explain!
I has remained to be one of my favorites and I follow you via GReader so I don´t miss the awesomeness!
I hope that you keep blogging for a very long time and that one day I get to thank you in person for all the support I found here!

Happy 7 years! Your blog was one of the first I found when our 5 year old son was diagnosed Type 1 in January of 2011. I knew NOTHING about this and your insight, knowledge, and especially humor, have helped us smile through the craziness. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us!

Happy Anniversary, Kerri! Although we've never met, you've helped me enormously over the last seven years, and for that, I will be eternally greatful. God Bless!

Congratulations on seven years of strength, courage, and honesty! I found you several weeks ago after my nine year old daughter was diagnosed with T1D - you have helped me feel connected during a dark, chaotic, and lonely time. Thank you!

Happy Blogaversary to you, it is!!!

Kerri, I've got nothing original on this one. You've changed my life, and made my D-world so much better than it had ever been before the DOC. I've enjoyed reading you since your early blogspot days and getting introduced to so many others, and eventually writing out on my own. Thank you so much for what you have done, and what you continue to do every day.

Ok, I'm off to watch Star Wars now...

Keep up the good work. Your blogs make me realize others are going through the same struggles. You make living with diabetes a little easier.

Wow! That is amazing! Congrats on making it to seven years and for making such a difference in your life and other's!

You guys have me in tears ... thank you so much for everything. xo

I didn't realize I found you relatively early on! B was dx'd in Dec 2006 and yours one of the first blogs I found. How can it already be more than five years later?! Thanks for all you share. It really helps me to know my type 1 kiddo can grow up to be a healthy, independent type 1 adult. (plus, you're damn fun to read)

I jet discovered your blg this month and it as helped SO much. Thank you for being so "real" about your feelings, it helps to know I'm not the only one who has these emotions. Happy "May The Force Be With You" day.

Thank you Kerri! I truly enjoy reading your blog.

Thank you! You've touched more lives than you know. You are amazing.

You are a pioneer of bloginess! Thankful to have found your blog and thankful you continue to share your journey so we don't feel alone! Hugs!

You are an inspiration to younger children with Type 1, and particularly encouraging when documenting your successful pregnancy and the birth of Birdie. This helps other Type 1 women considering how to manage Type 1 while starting a family and reassuring to the parents of Type 1s as well. Great blog.

Congratulations on seven years of blogging and on the myriad of other things you've accomplished along the way. You are a key member of the DOC, I couldn't do without your wit and whimsy on some days. God bless.

happy belated blogaversary! i know i've said this before, but it bears repeating: you were the gateway blog to the DOC for me and a couple of others i've met. thank you for your voice and for your welcoming vibe.

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