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"I've lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and have been working in advocacy since 2005. The patient voice is rising, and I want to help bring that voice to you."
Kerri is the creator and editor of the award-winning diabetes patient blog SixUntilMe.com. She has been featured in NPR, US News and World Report, CBNC, Yahoo! Health, LA Times, The Lancet, and other national media outlets. Kerri is one of the first globally-recognized patient advocacy voices, focused on putting disease into the context of real life, the influence of social media on patient health, and empowerment and advocacy efforts for people living with diabetes.
Kerri is a featured speaker at new media, health-focused, and advocacy-focused conferences such as BlogWorldExpo, SXSWi, BlogHer, Children with Diabetes Friends for Life, Digital Pharma, ePatientConference, Pharma Times Digital Club Meeting, Doctors 2.0 & You, TCOYD, Canadian Diabetes Association, American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting, American Psychological Association, Collaborative Family Health Association, as well as advocacy events and diabetes support groups.
Kerri is a columnist for diaTribe online newsletter (www.diatribe.us) with "SUM Musings," a past columnist and video blogger for Animas (www.animas.com) with "Life Uninterrupted, a columnist for dLife (www.dlife.com) with "Generation D," a contributing writer to Diabetes Health, Diabetic Living, HealthCentral, Disney's Family.com, Diabetes Self-Management, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Countdown Magazine. She has also been a featured interview in patient-focused books such as "Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness" and "Chicken Soul for the Soul." Contributor "Successful Women with Diabetes."
Her first book, Balancing Diabetes, focuses on diabetes and the patient experience.
Board member for T1 Today (Children with Diabetes). Advisory Board Member of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, Webicina, Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (#dsma), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Better Health LLC, You Can Do This Project, and Diabetes Advocates
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Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1986, diagnosed at the age of seven. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra "Diabetes doesn't define me, but it helps explain me."
Kerri is an internationally recognized diabetes advocate. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, established in 2005 and remains one of the most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. She has been featured on NPR, US News and World Report, CBNC, Yahoo! Health, LA Times, The Lancet, Whole Living, Disney's Family.com, and Family Circle, among other national outlets.
In addition to her writing, Kerri is a highly-rated speaker and has presented the patient perspective to audiences around the world. She works to raise awareness for diabetes, patient advocacy, and the influence of social media on health outcomes. Her first book, Balancing Diabetes (Spry Publishing), looks at type 1 diabetes in the context of "real life."
Kerri and her husband live in Rhode Island, USA with their two children and an unfortunate army of cats.
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