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I’m Kerri Morrone Sparling and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September of 1986.  For much of my life, I was the only diabetic I knew.  Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore.

I started Six Until Me in May of 2005 because I was tired of Googling “diabetes” and coming up with little more than a list of complications and frightening stories.  Where were all the people who were living with this disease, like I have been since I was a little girl?  Was I the only person with diabetes out there who felt alone?

Then I learned about blogs, and the power of sharing our stories online.  Back when I first started writing online about diabetes, I was one of four or five diabetes bloggers.  Now I am a proud member of a vast diabetes community who prove every day that I’m not alone with this disease.

I live in Rhode Island with my husband, Chris, our daughter, known on this blog as “Birdy,” and our son (who goes by “Guy Smiley” or “Tomato,” depending on everyone’s mood). We have two cats – Siah and Loopy – both of whom somewhat appreciate an aggressive snuggle.  I like to go to the beach with my kids and travel with my family.  And I love new music, so I definitely want to see your playlist.  (Not a euphemism.)

My first book, Balancing Diabetes, was released by Spry Publishing in March 2014.  You can read about that here, or buy a copy here.

If you’d like to connect, the best way to reach me is to email me.  You can also contact me by regular ol’ mail at: Kerri Sparling, c/o Six Until Me, 5600 Post Rd, Unit 228, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

If you’re new to this site, please check out the following posts to get a feel for what goes on here:

Why Six Until Me?

All the ones about my pregnancy and diabetes.

25 Years with Diabetes: What I’ve Learned.

Filling Back Up.

Unexpected Advocacy.


World Diabetes Day: 2013.

I also think most bios are boring, so I’m going to stop this one here.



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