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Releasing the Kraken … Into Our Home.

Uncategorized By September 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

… he’s definitely not the Kraken.  That nickname will never stick because so far, our littlest friend is mild mannered.  He’s more Clark Kent than Kraken.  (Mixing my superheroes and myths this morning; feel free to blame the sleep debt and my attempt to repay it with caffeine.) But he’s home, and even though he’s a sweet boy, he’s still…

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Eleventy and #AccessMatters.

Uncategorized By May 4, 2016 21 Comments

My blog turns eleven years old today. I could say so much about the benefits of connecting with my peers and finally, after years, realizing I was not alone with diabetes.  I could fill a blog for eleven – perhaps twelve? – years with that sort of appreciation.  It’s been an excellent virtual coffee date over the last eleven years….

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Spare a Rose 2016

Uncategorized By February 1, 2016 Tags: , , 6 Comments

From February 1 – 14, the diabetes online community is hosting our annual Spare A Rose campaign.  You remember that one, right?  The one where you send eleven roses instead of twelve on Valentine’s Day, taking the value of that saved rose (averaged out to $5) and donating that to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, which…

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Care What the Community Thinks, Not What the Community Buys.

Uncategorized By September 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

[I have a working relationship with Animas. My disclosures are here; please read them.] During the middle of one of our discussion sessions, Daniela D’Onofrio let fly a statement that defined the whole blogger summit for me: “Care what the community thinks, not what the community buys.” Last week, the European Animas team brought a group of diabetes advocates together…

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No Hiding It.

Uncategorized By September 23, 2015 1 Comment

“So that’s a …” and her question trailed off with a note of empathy and curiosity, her hand gesturing towards the Dexcom sensor on my body. In the summer time, I can most often be found either on an airplane headed somewhere for work or on the beach, pretending not to work. (There appears to be no in-between. And I’ll…

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Flick of the Wrist.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling, Uncategorized By July 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 15 Comments

In the interests of getting through TSA in Orlando as quickly as possible and making my way over to my gate so I could find some iced coffee and a banana, I disconnected my insulin pump and put it through the x-ray machine, caring very little if it melted in the transaction because I was melting in the transaction. The…

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The View.

Uncategorized By June 30, 2015 1 Comment

Main(e)ly awesome. A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Jun 29, 2015 at 7:32pm PDT Taking a little time this week. The view from not-my-computer is awesome. (Ignore the irony of posting this kind of sentiment from definitely-my-computer. You can take the girl away from the Internet, but DO NOT TAKE THE INTERNET AWAY FROM THE GIRL.) You might…

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OMG Nick Jonas … with a Sizeable Shout-Out to Dexcom.

Uncategorized By June 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 12 Comments

I can’t hear the name “Nick Jonas” without immediately hearing the then-teenaged cousins in my family clutching their invisible pearls and screaming, “OMGNICKJONAS” as if it was one word. In my mind, I think of Nick Jonas as a kind and smart … not because I have any personal experience to base that assumption off of, but because he’s also…

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I Wanna New Tape, One That Won’t Itch.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Robot Life, Uncategorized By June 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I wanna new tape, one that won’t itch! One that won’t give me big, fat welts or make my skin twitch, twitch! I wanna new tape, one that won’t give a rash! Make it easy to wear my Dex, without the urge to “Hulk, Smash.” (Channeling Huey Lewis and the News.  Click it.  You know you want to.) I’ve been…

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Diabetes Blog Week (Late): Mantra Me.

Uncategorized By May 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

I missed the end of Diabetes Blog Week, but I loved the prompts and still have ideas trickling in here and there.  So better late than never! I don’t like catch phrases.  (Forgiiiiiiiive me, especially since I just used a trite turn of phrase up there with the whole “better late than never” thing.  Turn the other cheek, please.)  I…

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HealtheVoices 2015: Stepping Outside the Diabetes Bubble.

Uncategorized By April 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

Getting all my disclosures out of the way first:  I am on the advisory board for this conference and also presented as a speaker.  My travel, lodging, and expenses for the conference were covered by Janssen, and I was compensated for my participation and my consultation.  My opinions on the process and the conference are mine, but admittedly influenced.  Bias…

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Writer’s Block.

Uncategorized By April 21, 2015 Tags: , 7 Comments

Sat down at the keyboard And I couldn’t find the words. I found the letters, that was easy. Home row right there in my face. But the words? The words?  The words? I can’t find those anyplace. (I grabbed a pen and paper To see if that would start the flow … but it didn’t.) I’ve run out of things…

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Stream of Consciousness.

Uncategorized By March 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Time for a bullet list of purged thoughts, brought to you by the bottom of my coffee pot. It’s not snowing.  I don’t usually have a rage response to winter, but this one has been more than we could properly manage.  (Like when our snow shovel broke under the weight of the drift we were shoveling through.  Or when our…

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