A selection of Patient-centred websites and blogs.
A sweet life
I'm Kerri Morrone Sparling and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September of 1986. For much of my life, I was the only diabetic I knew. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore.
I started Six Until Me in May of 2005 because I was tired of Googling “diabetes” and coming up with little more than a list of complications and frightening stories. Where were all the people who were living with this disease, like I have been since I was a little girl? Was I the only diabetic out there who felt alone?
Bitter sweet diabetes
Karen was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1979, at the age of 11. She can vividly remember when diabetes care meant taking one insulin injection per day, following a strict exchange diet, and testing for sugar in urine using glass test tubes and fizzy tablets. She also remembers being told she could no longer eat sweets, except for one piece of cake on her birthday each year.
In 2008 Karen started her diabetes blog, Bitter-Sweet, and became immersed in the diabetes online community. She coordinates the monthly DSMA Blog Carnival and is proud to be a Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation Board Member. She also advocates offline, volunteering with two local JDRF chapters in her home state of Connecticut – she holds the volunteer Advocacy Team Chair position with one chapter and volunteers on the Adult Outreach Planning committee with another chapter.
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