Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well

Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well

by Kerri Sparling

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When a person receives a diagnosis of diabetes, he or she starts a process of adjusting and making sense of the new normal living with a chronic disease. A large part of that adjustment is figuring out how to balance diabetes with all the intricacies of a life outside of diabetes care. In Balancing Diabetes, diabetes online community blogger Kerri Sparling compiles strategies used by people with diabetes and their caregivers to bring that elusive balance into their lives. Whether adult or child, type 1 or type 2, spouse or caregiver, male or female, people in the diabetes world will find themselves in this book and be inspired by the commonality of that continuing search for balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938170386
Publisher: Spry Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 573 KB

About the Author

Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 26 years. She believes: “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.” Kerri is the creator of, started in May 2005. She has contributed to many health-related publications and is a passionate advocate for diabetes awareness. Focusing on the psychosocial side of diabetes and how peer-to-peer connections can impact diabetes management, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and currently works full-time as a writer and consultant.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Making Sense of the New Normal 7

Chapter 2 Before and After 19

Chapter 3 Transitioning from a Parent's Care to Caring for Yourself 30

Chapter 4 Siblings 39

Chapter 5 Weaving the Threads of Friendship and Diabetes 51

Chapter 6 Diabetes and Pregnancy 60

Chapter 7 Parenting with Diabetes 73

Chapter 8 Balancing Diabetes and Love 87

Chapter 9 Walking the Blood Sugar Tightrope 100

Chapter 10 Fitting Diabetes Devices into Daily Life 111

Chapter 11 Bringing Your Diabetes to Work 124

Chapter 12 Diabetes and Exercise 136

Chapter 13 Finding Balance in Trains, Planes, and Automobiles 149

Chapter 14 Advocacy Outside of the Bubble 161

Chapter 15 Taking Diabetes to College 174

Chapter 16 Finding Balance and Moving Forward 188

Acknowledgments 199

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