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Joslin Medalists: How Far We’ve Come, and How Far We Can Go

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community By June 14, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

During the Joslin medalist meeting last week, I didn’t say anything.  I wasn’t presenting or doing any kind of networking.  I was invited as “media” (totally in quotes) but I attended as a grown-up child with diabetes, hoping to continue on that path of growing up.   I sat next to a woman named Eleanor (my beloved grandmother’s name) and she…


From Abby: Forgetting

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 21, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

While the snow piles up outside, I’m busy aiming to hit a writing deadline this morning.  So I talked with Abby the other day and it seems like she’s hit a patch of burnout, much like the one I’m going through.  She’s offered to post today about “forgetting,” and how, even though it seems impossible, it’s sometimes too easy to forget about…


What Dexcom Shows Me

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Robot Life By January 20, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’m very rarely caught without my Dexcom, and I’ve been wearing a sensor for the better part of the last three years.  But wearing a sensor doesn’t mean that every low is caught and every high is avoided.  What it does mean is that I see every high and low in a big picture format, leaving me sometimes with more information…


The Year In Review Part Deux: 2009

Website Information By December 31, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Looking back on 2009 has made me smile, laugh, cry a little bit, and also made me a little bit dizzy.  Here’s an in-depth recap of the moment in 2009 that stood out for me – and what I’m looking forward to in 2010. January marked the completion of my first Diabetes 365 project, and also the announcement of my partnership with Dexcom. …


Diabetes Torture Devices

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Products By November 23, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Last week, on Twitter, Elizabeth Arnold posted a link to a photo that made my whole body cringe and I instinctively said, “Oh crap, THAT thing?” (I’m stealing and reposting this photo here, but the original photo credit belongs to Cardinal Health.)   Behold – The Guillotine: This photo made me shudder because I remember this lancing device clearly.  It was the first one…


Reflections on Halloween

Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By October 31, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Dressing up was not an issue. I wore my silly costumes proudly and they were always homemade. I was a fairy godmother one year. I was a gypsy for about three years running. Another year I was Bo Peep, complete with sheep. Then one year, I was diabetic. When the central focus of the holiday is eating candy, what’s a…


Diabetes Can be a Five Letter Word

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications By October 29, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

… and that five letter word is “guilt.”   At the ePatient conference last week, Sue Rago was talking about diabetes and the complications that can arise.  “But the complications of well-managed diabetes?  None.”   And despite the fact that I met and enjoyed hanging out with Sue, this statement cut right through me.  Well-managed diabetes produces no complications?  So diabetes-related complications are just…


ePatient2009: Voice of the Patient

Diabetes Advocacy By October 28, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

“I’m Kerri Morrone Sparling and I’m not the voice of THE patient.  I’m just the voice of A patient.  And I’m sorry I have to present from behind the podium, but the tech guys couldn’t link me up with a lav mic because of the other diabetes devices I’m wearing.  Ran out of room.” And that is how I had to open my ePatient…


Ninjas in the Mail

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By October 9, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

We had a package arrive in the mail on our second day in the new place.  A small, brown box without any descriptive markings. Obviously this was the arrival of our housewarming Ninja.  Courtesy of one Ninjabetic, who spreads his yarny minions around the country.  (He’s awesome, George.  We love him!)  And since his arrival, Ninja has been acclimating himself to his…


A Few Drinks

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By January 27, 2007 Tags: , , No Comments

The microphone drops down and Mills Lane plucks it out of the sky. “In this corner, bringing a bevy of boluses and carbonated carbohydrate content, wearing Gold Shorts and a lime wedge, weighing in at about 12 oz is the mysterious new challenger, La Corona!”  He raises his fists in the air and burps. “And in this corner, The Titan of…