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Twenty Three is a Good Time for Change.

Twenty three years ago, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. And today, I've got nothing but hope in my heart.

During the course of the last three years, Chris and I have taken steps in our relationship to become a family, going from "boyfriend and girlfriend" to "husband and wife," and becoming the Sparlings (or the Sparklings or Spauldings or Sparrings ... pick your favorite mangled version).  And we have hopes to even out the cat:human ratio in our home in the coming year, now that my numbers are in range.

Living here in Connecticut has been a very interesting experience, and I've loved working at dLife.  I absolutely love my coworkers and I know that this kind of team could never, ever be duplicated.  We've gone through a lot together, as a team, and I feel that these fabulous women are not just working alongside me every day, but they are also my friends.  (I mean, they danced at my wedding, for crying out loud!) 

I've also loved living somewhere new and having easy access to a city like New York.  Chris and I have seen so much of the city and have always felt like very thankful tourists.  But there's still more to see.  And more places to explore.

So now, as a family, we've decided it's time to move forward and explore a new place.  We're craving change.  Thanks to some tremendous career advances for my husband and the opportunties that are unfolding for him over the next few months, and thanks to the opportunities that SUM and dLife have opened up for me since I started blogging in 2005, we're on the move once more.  At the end of the month, I'll be leaving my current position at dLife and taking on a consulting role with the company.  I'm also broadening my freelance and consulting career to include other opportunities, and I'm really excited about where the next few months will take me.  Where they'll take my family.

I'm so ready for this.

My handsome husband and I are bidding Connecticut a fond farewell and heading up towards the Boston area to embrace a new chapter in our lives.  We're sad to go, on some levels, but thrilled to move onward and upward.  It's time, and we're excited to see what's next!!!

Thanks for all of your continued support.  It means the world to me.  Now I'm looking forward to seeing if Siah is too fat to shove into her cat carrier.  (It may be time for a bigger one, judging by her potbelly.)

When it's time to change, it's time to rearrANGE.


Congratulations on such wonderful advancements, news and future plans! Boston is a FANTASTIC city and I wish you all the very best!!!!

Wow, I'm super excited for you guys! I actually got a little teary-eyed reading this (darn contacts, ahem), because well, for a second there I thought you were going to stop blogging (you'll continue, right?!?!?!). Either way, you and Chris will have a blast! Good luck!

Congratulations, Good Luck and Best Wishes!

Wow! Congratulations on your ever-expanding horizons. The thrill of forward movement is delicious. :)

How Very exciting.
Best wishes to you and Chris!

Happy 23rd Dversary!

Wishing you always the best! Good luck!

Great news! Boston, eh? I'm sure the food there is just as good... :D

23 years with Diabetes...wow! *clapping* change is good:) can't wait to read about your new adventure.

23 years ago...I was 3. :)

Oh Kerri, I read this post with such mixed emotions. You know I am nothing but thrilled for the advances you and Chris are making with your careers and your family. I'm happy you are going to be closer to "home". But I'm so very sad to know you won't be a quick 20 minute ride away anymore. :( We absolutely MUST find some time go get together before you move, so I can send you off in style. Okay, I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I'm sure it will be fun!

CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK on every level Kerri!
Kelly K

I'm not sure if this is something you'd want to cover, but I'm curious to know how your insurance will work in a consulting/freelance fashion. Does Chris work for a company that provides insurance? Are you able to get it from dLife? Maybe that's too confidential, but I have thought about doing freelance/consulting when I'm a bit older and figuring out insurance is freaky. So, if that's something you want to touch on, I'd be really interested.

CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK on every level Kerri!
Kelly K

Congrats and welcome to Massachusetts. You will soon be a diabetic Masshole like me!

Congrats! Boston will be more than glad to have you! I say this as a Bostonian who misses her city right now :(. Good luck!

Congratulations. Change is sometimes a good thing (although I have trouble reminding myself of that at times....). :)

Ohh! That's so exciting! I can't wait to hear the updates about what you're doing. Hopefully, I'll get to see you once more before you move because I never make it up to Boston... although, if I ever do get up there, at least I'll know someone :)

Congratulations Kerri and family! How exciting! :) Good luck, hope you enjoy Boston and your new career opportunity! :)

say it with me. no...mah



Exciting times. I wish both of you the best of luck.

Congrats! Change is good. I have lived in Boston for 9 years now because I couldn't leave this wonderful city after going to college here. It has a ton to offer - the Joslin Clinic, good people, tons of cool city activities. I think you and Chris will love it here. Best of luck through all the upcoming transitions!

Con-flippin-grats. So excited for you.

Excellent! Congrats! If you wouldn't mind meeting a random reader (who happens to be at a very similar stage in life) sometime, I'd love to get together with you next time I'm in Boston, probably some time this winter.

Wishing all the best life has to offer in your new city!!!

I looove Boston! Would move there in a heartbeat. And a major bonus for having Joslin in the neighborhood as well. I'm jealous. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures in Beantown. Best of luck to you both!

Congrats and glad to see the Mass move is actually happening. Let me know where you're landing and how things worked out, insurance-wise.

So excited for you guys!!

Congrats on this very exciting change!

and Mass welcomes you with open arms. I say that on behalf of all of us. Have you found a place to live yet?

What an adventure!...as I was reading, I thought maybe you'd be moving to Hollywood! That would be great to have you on the west coast...haha. Boston? Well, oh alright.

Congratulations, Kerri! All sounds great!

Congratulations on... 23 years with diabetes... the move with your family to someplace new... the risk to change your job and the thrill that goes along with it... and most of all, congrats on the change, it's good, very good.

Happy D-Anni. You're still here and that's great. Best of luck to you and Chris and your new plans and opportunities. Exciting times ahead!

wow, that rocks! i'm so excited for you. i need more details! we'll have to talk freelance. seriously, you're the bomb! :) j

I call my diagnosis day my re-birthday... so Happy Re-Birthday to you and WELCOME TO BOSTON!!!

Welcome to Boston! I don't comment much but I love your blog. My husband and I just bought a house in Metrowest Boston, and we're looking to expand our family next year. I can't wait to hear the next annoucment from you!


Congrats! That is great news and we look forward to having you in the Boston area soon! You will have the rare pleasure of seeing Boston drivers as an upgrade in politeness!


Girlfriend I am so excited for you, and Chris, and siah and your new fantabulous a1c and all of the new things you will be doing in the future. I can't wait to keep reading about it all.

Good luck in Bah-ston. I really can't believe I like you, being a sox fan and all, ugh. ::gag::

Some things I just have to let slide I guess! LOL

You are the best.

Again, congrats.


Our D-anniversary is a point in our life that we will always remember. The celebration of D-anniversary is.... if we are able to live with it without health issues.

I am happy for you and your family on this journey that you about in embark on. It will be very exciting.

My concern is, "Are you going to continue to write your SUM blog?" Even if you are leaving D-life.

If not? That would be a disappointment for me..and others.. I read your blog everyday and you have inspired me to take care of myself. And not be so hard on myself if things don't happen according to someone's diabetes rules.

I want to keep your SUM blog in my "favorite places" in my computer.
I like your style of writing. When I read your blog I place myself in the story.....Thanks :)

Happy 23 HEALTHY years!

We will most definitely get together when you have the opportunity.

Awwww, shucks! Why didn't you pick Chicago???


Very happy for you Kerri! Congratulations

congratulations! you're such an inspiration!

Congrats! You're at a great stage of your lives to make these kinds of changes. I wish you only the best.

AWESOME! Congratulations! So great when things gel in life (you AND your husband BOTH being able to move on at the same time). As a girl who also stayed in Boston after college, it's a fantastic city, with a ton to offer. And I hope this means you'll be starting a Boston-based diabetes group!

Happy D-versary and congrats to both of you! I'm sure you'll love Boston...however, I notice Bean-town seems to be lacking in the Crumbs Bakery division, so I've taken the liberty of researching cupcake bakeries in the area. Hopefully this list will be helpful in getting settled: http://tinyurl.com/lkur2j

Happy D-versary and congrats to both of you! I'm sure you'll love Boston...however, I notice Bean-town seems to be lacking in the Crumbs Bakery division, so I've taken the liberty of researching cupcake bakeries in the area. Hopefully this list will be helpful in getting settled: http://tinyurl.com/lkur2j

Congrats on 23 years of living well with diabetes!! And here's to good change. :-)

Congrats on the A1c, that is a hard won battle!! Congrats as well on the move, it is wonderful to look on this new chapter with excitement. I wish you both the best... in all!

Not everyone you worked with were women and I for one have grown getting to know you and more so in my writings. I thank you for that and more than that I thank you for 'letting me in'. You are as honest as you are engaging and I know we will not ever be 'too far'. May your wishes become realities and your dreams become a way of life----you both deserve it.

yeah, welcome to Boston!! You have many fans here!

Those first two sentences? Beautiful.

But won't you miss Shoes?!

Congrats on your new opportunities!

Hi Kerri,

I was hoping that the "moving to Boston" was a unfounded rumor, but at the same time I'm quite excited for you. I wish you and Chris only the best and look forward to seeing you at the end of the month at the PEDS Support Group meeting. Don't suppose we'll see you as late as Oct 28th at the the Fairfield JDRF Walk.

Enjoy Boston - what a great city! They will be so lucky to have you and Chris.

All the best,
Joan Benz

Congrats, and good luck with your "next chapter," Kerri!

Moving to Boston??? Are you sure you're ready for this? I mean people talk weirdly around here, sometimes it's hard to undahstahnd them.

Seriously, if you're going to be in the greater Boston area we'll need to arrange a meetup at some stage. Good luck with your move.


You are going to so SO WELL with everything. I am super excited to watch it all unfold. Yay!

Congrats on the AIC and move. 23 years is a long time...I am at 24 years now and only 30--crazy stuff! Wish I got to meet you at one of the CT dinners before you took off!

congrats!! I've lived in and around MA my whole life, and I just know you will love it up here!

I'm very happy and excited for you and Chris. It'll be wonderful to see where all this takes you both. I love the Boston area and miss it. Wisconsin is rootin'
for ya! ;) Amylia

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