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Turning Ten.

I’ve written ten years of content here at this blog, and today marks the beginning of an eleventh year.  Ten years is a frigging long time.  When I started blogging, I was 25 years old and living in a one bedroom apartment in southern Rhode Island with Abby the Cat and a newly-minted Siah Sausage, starting my relationship with Chris and clumsily finding my footing as a proper adult.

Rocketblast forward ten years and I’m a self-employed writer and proud diabetes advocate, married to the guy whose name I still write in the peanut butter, mother of one small but fierce little Bird.  (And, as Rhode Islanders should, we came back to Rhode Island.)  Throughout the last ten years, so much has changed.  But type 1 diabetes has been a constant.  (A constant pain in the butt.  A constant source of humility and perspective.  A constant thing to be conscious of and diligent about.  All of it.)

What makes my diabetes management easier?  A healthy diet, lots of exercise, checking my blood sugar, taking insulin appropriately … check.  What makes doing all those things easier?  A healthy community, lots of community, checking in with the community, taking community appropriately …

… check again.

I could go on and on about how blogging about diabetes has opened up opportunities for support and camaraderie, but I’ve kind of already done that.  So I’ll just say thank you to each and every one of you who reads this blog or writes their own blog or Tweets about diabetes or posts about diabetes on Facebook or Instagram or Tumblr or [insert shiny, misspelled social media thing here].

Thank you for sharing your stories, and for creating our diabetes community and helping it grow.  It’s been an amazing journey, the one from “alone” to “connected,” that “grateful” doesn’t even begin to touch.

Onward and upward.

27 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congrats! Thank you for all the years of inspiration and for sharing your d-journey with us. Hugs.

    05/4/15; 9:29 am
  2. Happy blogiversary!

    10 years of blogging seems like a very long time, I’ve been blogging for 6 and that’s longer than I’ve been living with diabetes, so even having diabetes for 10 years seems like a really long time!

    This was one of the very first online diabetes connections that I made when I was first diagnosed, so thank you for choosing to share your diabetes journey!

    05/4/15; 9:32 am
  3. 10 years is a long time. And fortunately for all of us you’ve stuck with it. With Chris and Birdy and the DOC I’ll bet it’s been some of the best years so far. Many congratulations.

    05/4/15; 9:39 am
  4. Thank YOU, Kerri! For being a voice. For starting your blog 10 years ago, because as I’ve told you before, yours was the first one I’d found and up to that point, I’d gone almost 20 years not realizing there are people “like me” out there….. who GET it. And finding the DOC has truly been life changing. You are the one that inspired me to start writing a blog. Thank you for being my friend. But most importantly, thank you for being YOU. ‘Cause you ROCK. 😉

    05/4/15; 9:55 am
  5. I remember my mom reading your blog all the time when I was first diagnosed. My diabetes turns 10 this August, so your blog was still really new, and one of very few out there. It was such a great source of insight to her (since I was a classic asshole teenager, not opening up about anything, ever.) From your blog being so important to her, it became important to me, and I started reading it on my own. NOW fast forward to almost 10 years later and I’ve met you and guest posted on that blog my mom spent so many hours reading, and now, partly thanks to your encouragement, I have my own blog! And sometimes I even get emails from parents thanking ME for sharing my experiences with diabetes. It’s all crazy and life is so weird and cool, and basically THANKS for being a hilarious and honest and inspiring and wonderful human with a sweet blog. I hope to see you again soon in the states!

    05/4/15; 10:51 am
  6. Jochen #

    I missed the first years (so thanks for the links back in time) but ever since I found your blog I am looking forward to your next post. Danke.

    05/4/15; 1:18 pm
  7. Ten years is a HUGE accomplishment!!! Thank you a million times over. Yours was, of course, the first diabetes blog I found – as a knitting blogger I didn’t even know diabetes blogs existed. But after finding your blog I knew I wanted to start my own – so thank you for that. And for being my friend. And for the tons of other things you’ve done for the DOC and for me.

    05/4/15; 2:14 pm
  8. I think the phrase “often imitated, never duplicated” comes to mind here. Ten years is a lot of content… enough, probably, to write a book (oh crap… you’ve already done that). Well… it’s probably enough content to write two books! Congratulations on ten amazing years, and for sharing the last ten years of your life with all of us in so many fantastic ways.

    05/4/15; 2:36 pm
  9. k2 #

    CONGRATS, well done, thank you and carry-on, Chick!

    05/4/15; 3:40 pm
  10. Happy decade! I’ve been reading your blog for at least six years, and am so grateful for your stories!

    05/4/15; 4:58 pm
  11. sarah #

    THANK YOU! And congratulations!

    05/4/15; 7:10 pm
  12. Laddie #

    My life has been great enriched by knowing you online, getting to meet you in person, letting Abby the Black Lab write about your cats, working hard to out-step you on Fitbit, and on and on. Celebrate your incredible accomplishments and get back on your treadmill, Girl!

    05/4/15; 7:18 pm
  13. Nell #

    Congratulations, Kerri!!! I’ve been with you since just before Birdy was born. I always appreciated that you shared the pregnancy. (FYI, diabetes was the reason I didn’t have kids…..things have improved since my diagnose in 1993. May have chosen differently today). Thank you for sharing your life with diabetes.

    05/4/15; 7:38 pm
  14. Scott Strange #

    Congrats on a decade of being wicked awesome! Thanks for all you’ve done and continue to do for all

    05/4/15; 7:58 pm
  15. You’ve accomplished a lot in the past ten years. Writing a blog and increasing your advocacy activities are just two of the many reasons to send you congratulations. Reading your blog was my first introduction to the DOC, after many years of searching. Thank you Kerri, for leading the way.

    05/4/15; 8:34 pm
  16. Bridget #

    Happy 10th, Kerri!

    05/4/15; 9:57 pm
  17. Congrats and happy anniversary!

    05/4/15; 9:57 pm
  18. I Don't Like Blog Comments But #

    ….so many hugs and an immeasurable “thank you” that is hard to put into words for you to know the impact you’ve had on me, and so many others. Thank you for continuing to inspire.

    05/4/15; 10:40 pm
  19. Sandy T #

    Thank you Kerri! All your posts have been great.

    05/5/15; 6:23 am
  20. Thank you Kerri! You have been an inspiration to me! I am eight years younger and feel much like you did ten years ago. Once upon a time i found your blog (about three uears ago) and was inspired to not only start my own, but also reach out to doc and make positive changes in my life with type 1 🙂 keep rocking girl – hope to meey you irl one day!

    05/5/15; 7:38 am
  21. Dan #

    Hi Kerri,

    Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. Life is a marathon. Keep going. I am looking forward for your insights for the next ten years!
    As always have a great day,


    05/5/15; 10:18 am
  22. Congrats, Kerri! Thank you so much for putting yourself out here into the online world (but it was a thing), and sharing all that you have and continue to do. You remain one of the only “must read” blog posts every day, not because I have to, but because I want to and enjoy it so much. Thanks for being you.

    05/5/15; 12:09 pm
  23. And thank YOU for being the inspiration for so many of us to follow in your footsteps to do the same…. (meaning: write about diabetes, not marry Chris and move back to Rhode Island).

    05/5/15; 8:22 pm
  24. ria #

    have only been a fan of SUM for about 4? years. So glad I found this site. It helps me to know that others have ups and downs, just like me, and keep on keepin on. Thanks, Kerri !

    05/6/15; 12:32 pm
  25. Wow, has it been a decade already? Wow, that makes me feel really old. I can remember when there was a compelling new blog post about Six Until Me; and the rest, as they say, is history! Over the years, we saw you go from an engaged Kerri Morrone to a married Kerri Sparling (fitting insulin pumps in wedding gowns and all), having a little Birdie, your husband’s movie “Buried”, and much, much more! Congrats!

    05/7/15; 9:29 pm

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