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November 2014

Diabetes Month, Diabetes Year.

Uncategorized November 26, 2014 2 Comments

Diabetes Awareness Month is almost over, closing out on November 30th.  Throughout the month, I’ve watched some really inspiring efforts take flight to raise awareness for diabetes, including the Project Blue November campaign.  Project Blue November has been a big part of my Facebook feed throughout the month, showcasing photos of advocates and celebrities alike sporting their blue circle pin….


Birdy the Kid and Jerry the Bear.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support November 25, 2014 6 Comments

“Jerry has diabetes, like you do, mom.  So I give him food and insulin and check his blood sugar and he likes to play archery.” A brief pause as Birdy rand her hands over Jerry’s soft bear ears. “Mom, what’s archery?” A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:41am PST [Disclosure:  Jerry was a gift…


Airport Connections.

Diabetes Advocacy, Traveling November 24, 2014 5 Comments

The plane from Cincinnati to Washington, DC was a petite one, leaving little room for carry-on luggage and even less for calm.  After ferreting out my medication bag from my suitcase, I checked it at the gate and ended up second-to-last to board the plane. “Smells like … something, doesn’t it?”  The gentleman behind me asked casually.  I wasn’t sure…



Uncategorized November 20, 2014 6 Comments

Yep.  Bullet points.  It’s that kind of post. It’s been several days since I’ve checked in on this blog.  Someone emailed me and asked me if I was still alive. This is to confirm that yes, I am still alive.  🙂 It was an unintentional break from blogging (and all things social media) due to the chaos of selling our…


Revisiting: Undefined.

Diabetes Advocacy November 14, 2014 15 Comments

“You have diabetes  You seem fine.” “I am fine.” Diabetes makes me walk the precarious fine line Between “I’m sick” and “I’m not” and the whole in-between That makes diabetes invisible, and yet so seen. “Needles?  Every day?  I could never,” You could.  And you would, and you’d do it forever If that’s what kept you from good life or…



Uncategorized November 13, 2014 10 Comments

Actually, in this case, it was boots. Sometimes I can’t throw this thing into my bra or onto my hip.  I find the inability to be discreet with my hardware frustrating, at times.  Very.  In lieu of throwing it against the wall, I’ll clip it gently, and with purpose, to the top of my boot and pretend that the tubing…


#DayOfDiabetes Went a Little Rogue on Me.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes November 4, 2014 4 Comments

I started the day strong, but after hours of a frustrating high blood sugar and seemingly bolusing saline instead of insulin (but it was insulin – I checked), I hit a big NOPE when it came to documenting the end of my #dayofdiabetes. I didn’t want to keep documenting my frustrations, not because I was ashamed of them, but because…