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Giving Tuesday: Diabetes Edition

Uncategorized By November 28, 2017 Tags: , , 1 Comment

In keeping with the theme of doing more good, here are a few diabetes organizations that I personally support because their mission is also to do more good.  I mean, it’s Giving Tuesday.  So would you consider giving? T1 Today (aka Children with Diabetes) is an organization I feel powerfully connected to on a dozen different levels.  As a board…

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Ordinary but Extraordinary

Uncategorized By October 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

I will admit right here, right now that I admire people who accomplish incredible physical feats while also doing the whole diabetes thing.  Climbing Everest?  Hell yes!  Ultra marathon?  Hell yes!  Hang-gliding across Iceland while knitting a sweater onto your body as it hang-glides?  Hell to the absolute yes, why hasn’t anyone tried this? And I’ll also admit right here,…

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Guest Post: My Sister Has Diabetes

Uncategorized By October 20, 2017 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t just affect the life of the person who is diagnosed … diabetes, for better or for worse, is a family affair.  I didn’t think about the influence of diabetes on my siblings until I was older, and I wish we has talked about it at home more.  Which is exactly why I’m honored to host a…

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100% Panc-tato

Uncategorized By October 8, 2017 1 Comment

All day pancreas-shaped sweet potato. We ate it and the bolus to cover it felt pleasantly vindictive. Panc-potato A post shared by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Oct 1, 2017 at 6:03pm PDT You might also like: Blub .. Bluub … Bluuuuuuuub You’re a Mean One, Mr. Panc Unbreak my panc. (another parody) Love Poem for my Stupid Pancreas

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Testing …

Uncategorized By September 1, 2017 No Comments

Having some website issues – thanks for sticking around while I work these technical difficulties out.  Will hopefully have this resolved soon. You might also like: Giving It Another Go CGM in the Cloud and All Over the Web.

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Looking Back: If I Were Ever.

Uncategorized By August 25, 2017 No Comments

Preparing for my son’s first birthday party this weekend has me pretty busy, but looking back on this older poem made me smile.  And also makes me want to find an illustrator to finally make this a fun little book.   *   *   * If I were ever Gretel, finding home would be a snap A trail of…

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What is it like to take insulin?

Uncategorized By July 28, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 11 Comments

This was a search term that brought someone over to SixUntilMe, and I realized they probably didn’t find their answer easily.  I don’t have a pile of “How To” and “Five Ways You Can …” sort of articles, despite the Internet trend in that direction.  (Closest I’ve come is the one about the ten best cocktails for people with diabetes.)…

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DBlogWeek 2017: The Cost of Chronic Illness.

Uncategorized By May 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

Diabetes Blog Week prompt for Tuesday:  Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern?…

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The One About Expiration Dates.

Uncategorized By February 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

On the Dexcom and Libre Rash Facebook group, I saw a note posted back in December from someone referencing sensors with an expiration date after August 17, 2017. “Dex recently changed their mfg process to eliminate a substance that caused rashes in some. Get some expiration date AFTER 8/15/17 …” Huh.  Interesting.  (Read: HOLY SHIT COULD THIS BE TRUE??!!) I’ve been…

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Guest Post: DiabetesSisters Voices.

Diabetes Online Community, Uncategorized By January 30, 2017 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

When it comes to research related to diabetes, I want to support those efforts as much as I can.  The power of sound data, plus patient stories, can move the needle on therapies, treatments, and empowerment for people living with diabetes.  Today, I’m lending my website to my dear friend Karen Graffeo, who wants to share some information on the…

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Five Months.

Uncategorized By January 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

To my Guy, Five months old!  (And I’m pretty sure I forgot to write you a letter at the four month mark, so here’s a quick high five for turning four months old a bit back, too.)  Five months ago, I was excitedly awaiting your arrival and folding piles of baby clothes.  Now, I am greeted by your big, toothless smile…

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Makeshift Solution.

Uncategorized By January 24, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Arriving at the hotel last night, I realized my insulin pump needed a swap-and-refill.  I pulled out all the necessary supplies for a pump site change and dumped them onto the hotel bed. The little insulin bottle protector* I use keeps my insulin safe(r).  But it also covers the vial, so I didn’t realize the bottle was all-but empty until…

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Full Body.

Uncategorized By October 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

The scar on my lower abdomen is close to healed, after six weeks of careful care.  The incision is evidence of the arrival of my son, the same place my daughter escaped from.  The skin above the incision is still swollen from months of pregnancy and oddly puckered due to surgery.  It’s not a flat, perfectly sculpted specimen of an abdomen….

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