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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Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well by Kerri Sparling

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 www.SixUntilMe.com, 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclosure up front: Kerri is my friend, and I am quoted in this book. Kerri has such a gift when it comes to writing: she is relatable, witty to no end, and keeps a conversational tone that you can instantly connect with. She has weaved together the stories, experiences, and advice from around 40 other people in the diabetes community, alongside her own thoughts and insight. This book is a delight to read. Everyone who is newly diagnosed should be handed a copy of it. Signed, Kim Vlasnik
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been the perfect book to read with my T1D daughter. My daughter was diagnosed at 6 with type 1 and is now 18. She's going to college in the fall. She's taken care of herself for years without much help from her mom or me. But still college is all new.  We've been reading up on success strategies for transferring to an environment with more stress, alcohol, food temptations and less help. My daughter has read Kerri's blog for years and asked us to get her this book. I bought it and we read it on our Nooks together. y daughter was diagnosed at 6 with type 1 and is now 18. She's going to college in the fall. She's taken care of herself for years without much help from her mom or me. I was surprised to find that the entire book is full of stories, encouragement, and tips for all parts of a life with type 1 diabetes. There are sections on having children, choosing a partner, and traveling, for example. I want my daughter to be able to do all those things w/o T1d holding her back. She wants that too. This book is inspiring and helpful and will be reread by my daughter, my wife, and I for years to come, I am sure of it.  - Greg Kissel
Margo_H More than 1 year ago
As a PWD who doesn't spend a ton of time online, I'd never really read Kerri's blog until recently. I got her book on the recommendation of a close friend, and absolutely fell in love with her easy, conversational style, honesty, and realness. She paints a realistic portrait of life with diabetes, but it's a life that's full of hope and support, all while not coming across as sugary-sweet optimistic.  I love what she says near the end: "Instead of viewing diabetes as my arch nemesis, I need to view it as my partner. (Or perhaps a business associate with whom I'm forced to work on a lifelong presentation?) Diabetes can't be changed, and even if I exercise violently every day and eat a raw food/paleo/ice cubes and biscuits diet for the rest of my life, my islet cells won't ever be reignited." YES KERRI!! Diabetes cannot be wrapped up in a pretty bow, but it can be dealt with in ways that allow a PWD to still live a full, happy life, which Kerri seems to have. The testimony and advice from people in her own circles, from family members to college buddies to diabetes professionals, is so relateable, and she really has created a needed resource for anyone with diabetes.  It's not a how-to manual, or a "Look, I have it all figured out!" declaration, but a helpful book full of great writing, funny stories, and spirit. I started reading Six Until Me (her blog) after reading the book, and it's similar, though a little less tightly written. Glad to have all her best work in a book that I can continue to reread!!
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