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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Spry Publishing LLC; 1 edition (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938170377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938170379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

From Kerri Sparling:

"Life with diabetes isn’t about the diabetes itself, but about the life it’s a part of. There is a life to be found after diagnosis, and it's a good one. Being able to take a blood sugar and remove the blame and guilt from that result, focusing only on the actions needed to correct that number or duplicate it? Viewing diabetes as something that doesn’t define you, but instead simply serves to explain why glucose tabs live in your glove compartment and there is a pile of used test strips on the floor by your bedside table? Being active and involved in a life that isn’t rule by insulin but is instead fueled by it? And realizing that diabetes isn’t something we can perfectly control, but we can do our best to manage it? That’s the balance I seek. I wanted to write book to shine a spotlight on that journey. This book is for the community of like-pancreased people who work hard to make diabetes a part of their bigger whole."


About Balancing Diabetes:

"This book is like participating in a diabetes patient support group and healthcare professional mastermind group at the same time. Kerri Sparling gives us honest, straight talk from people living with diabetes, the good and the bad, and excellent advice from medical professionals, all with the entertaining and humorous, even hilarious, style that only Kerri can deliver! I love it!"

Jay Hewitt, Type 1 diabetes since 1991, motivational speaker, attorney, father, Ironman triathlete and 3-time member of US National Team USA Long Distance Triathlon.

“There are many medical books on how to manage type 1, but there are precious few books on what is much more important – how to live a full, happy life with type 1 diabetes. With Balancing Diabetes, Kerri Sparling reaches out to the real experts – people living with type 1 diabetes – to bring perspective to the challenges of living well with type 1 diabetes. It is in the wisdom of these experts that we come to realize, as Kerri so eloquently reminds us, ‘Life with diabetes isn’t about the diabetes itself, but about the life of which it’s a part.’”

Jeff Hitchcock, Founder & President of Children with Diabetes

"In Balancing Diabetes Kerri Sparling really gets what it means to live well with diabetes. Kerri shares her own and others’ wonderful stories of adjusting again and again to the new normal with grace and enthusiasm. Starting with her childhood diagnosis through to getting her driver’s license, moving away to college, getting married and having her daughter, Kerri displays the beautiful adventure of life with a side of diabetes. This book is essential for anyone who experiences first-hand or through their connection with a loved one what it’s like to manage diabetes on top of living a wonderful and full life."

Sam Talbot, Chef, Author, and Top Chef Finalist

"You know, like I know, that balancing diabetes doesn’t come easy. It requires emotional work and physical work. Kerri and all her contributors communicate that of course living with this disease is a challenge every single day. But finding community, sharing tips, and being emotionally connected with a team is crucial to thriving. When I compete I couldn’t do it without my team backing me up- the same goes for anybody with diabetes, or their caretakers. “Balancing Diabetes” is all about the team that each person with diabetes needs to support them through the ups and downs of living a life with diabetes and without limits."

Sebastian Sasseville, Mt. Everest summiter, motivational speaker and a person with type 1 diabetes

"Just finished reading Kerri Morrone Sparling's first book, Balancing Diabetes---- it's like reading a personal letter from Kerri to you on the many aspects of life that are touched by diabetes. No matter how good or lousy you feel now about your d-Life, you'll feel better after you read it!"

Ginger Vieira, Diabetes Daily

"Balancing Diabetes explains the true complexity of the emotional toll diabetes takes whether you've had it for 1 month, 20 years, or not at all. The unique and relatable perspectives of Kerri and her friends makes you feel like you're sitting down chatting over a cup of coffee with everyone. After reading her trial and error tell-all, you don't even know you're informing yourself, you're just inspired to have hope and integrate her subtle helpful hints into your daily life!"

Jackie Singer, co-founder of the Diabetic Angels & member of the music group MJ2.

"I was surprised at how quickly I was engaged in this book and before I could put it down I had five chapters read! Being a mother of a person with diabetes, I am always looking to gain some insight into his perspective. This book brought in a variety of personalities and opinions that made it a perfect fit for everyone who has diabetes living somewhere in their lives. This is definitely a must read book."

Barbra Wagstaff, Founder of Diabetes Advocacy

"Balancing Diabetes covers the topics that a person with diabetes cares about that aren’t discussed the day you are diagnosed. From the family dynamics, to college life. From exercise with diabetes, to travel preparations. From romantic relationships, to parenting. This book touches on all of these topics and more with Kerri’s usual wit, sass, and approachable writing style. I haven’t read every book on diabetes there is, but the ones I have read tend to lean heavier on medical terms and formal language and phrasing. Balancing Diabetes reads more like a conversation among friends. We know what things are supposed to be called, and we have no problem using technical terms, but when this information is presented in a casual nature, it’s easier to read and easier to connect with.

Chris Snider, A Consequence of Hypoglycemia

"Reading Balancing Diabetes is equivalent to sitting in a coffee shop one afternoon and having the opportunity to listen in on a group of people with diabetes while they share all of the secrets, tips, and funny stories they have uncovered during their lifetime with diabetes! It is a must-read, particularly for young women with diabetes who are trying to find their way in the world! Kerri serves as a great role model and guide throughout the entire book and in her every day life. Great job, Kerri!"

Brandy Barnes, Founder & CEO, DiabetesSisters

"Balancing Diabetes is an insightful look into the lives of people affected by diabetes. Kerri provides readers with great commentary and information from the patient's point of view herself, while adding anecdotes from her friends and family who have lived alongside her diabetes. She brings together her personal story with those of others in the diabetes community to create one connected account of life with diabetes. The stories within Balancing Diabetes reaffirm that people with diabetes are not alone as well as providing inspiration to be successful, engaged and proactive with their healthcare and lifestyles!"

Charlie Kimball, IndyCar Series driver

“A must-read! This book is a superb blend of diabetes advice, stories, and insights from Kerri Sparling and her very smart friends. With empathy and skill, Sparling guides the reader through the complexities of this daunting but at-the-best-of-times most manageable condition. Sparling captures the nuances of a balanced life in diabetes, drawing upon her conversations with friends to share the vivid experiences, hard-earned lessons, and small triumphs that accompany this condition.”

Kelly Close, Editor in Chief, diaTribe.org


"It’s easy to fall in love with Kerri’s writing style; it’s full of truth and humor, and presented in a way that you can’t help but relate to. If you like what you find on her blog, Six Until Me, you’ll find that same entertaining style and character here. Kerri is a master at her craft–storytelling with emotion, humor, education, and hope–and it comes through brilliantly in her first book."

Scott Johnson, Scott's Diabetes.com

"In Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well, she recounts many of her own experiences and thoughts as they relate to a life with diabetes: early memories of her diagnosis; the cruel wrath of a grade school bully; dating and relationship; her pregnancy and delivery of her daughter, and then motherhood; fitting diabetes devices into daily life; travel; the list goes on. She didn't stop there, though. She includes the thoughts of around 40 other people affected by diabetes (disclosure: I am one of them) to round out each chapter, and I loved the conversational tone it created. It takes a lot of courage to be as vulnerable as Kerri has been in this book, and that vulnerability is exactly what allows us, as readers, to connect with her so deeply. I hope you'll order a copy or twelve - it's a wonderful read."

Kim Vlasnik, Texting My Pancreas

"When I reached Kerri’s final chapter, I found myself a little bummed — that the book-reading experience was coming to a close. She “Wow’d” me in these last pages, talking about the delicate balance between scare tactics and a reasonable dose of healthy fear, and how those play into diabetes management. And she ends with a reassertion that this is all a journey, and community perspective and support is one of the most valuable things. And so, IMH(DOC)O, Kerri’s book is totally worth a buy."

Mike Hoskins, Diabetes Mine

More About the Author

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 writing www.SixUntilMe.com 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 the isolation of chronic illness?

But then I learned about blogs, and the power of sharing our stories online. Back when I first started blogging, I was one of four or five diabetes bloggers. Now I am a proud member of a vast diabetes community who prove every day that I'm not alone with this disease.

I am a writer, speaker, and consultant. I live in Rhode Island with my husband, Chris, and our daughter. There are a few cats rolling around the place, and we have our share of wildlife in the backyard (hedgehog, really aggressive bluejays, and our neighbor's angry tomcat). I like to go to the beach with my daughter, run (and have yet to fall in a ditch), and I know my way around a skein of yarn.

I also think most bios are boring, so I'm going to stop this one here.

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I would highly recommend it for any newly diagnosed diabetic.
Laura
If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or has been dealing with it for a bunch of years, Sparling's book is an easy read.
Hope Warshaw
Kerri Sparling's book is a wellspring of warmth, understanding, empathy and humor for people who live with diabetes (or love someone who does).
Jacquie Wojcik

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hope Warshaw on February 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Sparling, one of the early diabetes bloggers (2005), brings us a simply written but profound and from-the-heart book aptly titled Balancing Diabetes.

This isn't a how to book. We've got plenty of those. It's in the words of Sparling, "a book which encourages people dealing with diabetes to keep at it." Yes, a critical message, because, as Sparling notes and lives...there's a lot to balance! In the interview I did with Sparling about her book Balancing Diabetes (see hopewarshaw.com/blogs) she says, "Life with diabetes isn't about the diabetes itself, but about the life it's a part of. There is a life to be found after diagnosis, and it's a good one. Being able to take a blood sugar and remove the blame and guilt from that result, focusing only on the actions needed to correct that number or duplicate it. Viewing diabetes as something that doesn't define you, but instead simply serves to explain why glucose tabs live in your glove compartment and there is a pile of used test strips on the floor by your bedside table." And Sparling goes on with this upbeat tone.

If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or has been dealing with it for a bunch of years, Sparling's book is an easy read. She integrates her experiences with those of many others, mainly with type 1 diabetes in her delightful heart-felt, yet witty, manner. Thanks for a great read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Brown on February 14, 2014
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Renowned diabetes blogger Kerri Sparling has written a terrific book for anyone that has been touched by diabetes, whether you are a newly diagnosed type 1 patient, have had type 2 diabetes for 30 years, or care for someone with diabetes. What struck me most about Balancing Diabetes was the stories - Kerri has taken an amazingly collaborative approach and integrated personal anecdotes from a wide variety of patients (including many leading diabetes advocates). The result is a highly engaging, digestible read with 16 topic-specific chapters - diagnosis, parenting, pregnancy, friendship, siblings, advocacy, work, college, and many more. Balancing Diabetes also dives into the emotional and psychological sides of diabetes, an often under-recognized (but equally important) aspect of diabetes care. There is something in this book for everyone, all delivered in a form true to Kerri's honest, humorous, conversational style. Great read!

-Adam Brown, [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Rhoades on February 14, 2014
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If you've ever felt isolated by your diabetes diagnosis, this book is for you. If you are a parent whose child has recently been diagnosed, this book is for you. Kerri Sparling creates a place of community here, an extension of her blog, and it feels like a giant bear hug of support. It covers just about all topics that no one talks about in the cold, sterile endocrinologist office or emergency room upon diagnosis. She talks about real life, real struggles and real hopes but what is best about her book is that it isn't just her story. Sparling takes a teamwork approach and shares stories from other diabetics. The combination of Kerri's own perspective and those of others in her same shoes was so comforting to read. You'll want to hug her at the end and I promise you'll feel you've just made an entire group of friends and will nod in agreement the whole way through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Snider on February 14, 2014
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Balancing Diabetes covers the topics that a person with diabetes cares about that aren’t discussed the day you are diagnosed. From the family dynamics, to college life. From exercise with diabetes, to travel preparations. From romantic relationships, to parenting. This book touches on all of these topics and more with Kerri’s usual wit, sass, and approachable writing style. I haven’t read every book on diabetes there is, but the ones I have read tend to lean heavier on medical terms and formal language and phrasing. Balancing Diabetes reads more like a conversation among friends. We know what things are supposed to be called, and we have no problem using technical terms, but when this information is presented in a casual nature, it’s easier to read and easier to connect with.

The kicker with this book is that this isn’t just Kerri’s story. While Kerri’s mother, siblings, college roommates, and husband are featured in almost every chapter, there’s also at least one, sometimes up to four or five additional perspectives from the diabetes community on the chapter’s core theme. [Full disclosure: I'm featured in one of the chapters] When Kerri first reached out to me and my fiancée to get our feedback on some questions for her chapter on relationships, it never occurred to me that she would be doing this for every chapter. Seeking out a variety of viewpoints and opinions from throughout the diabetes community to help present a well-rounded approach to each topic is a genius idea. I’m sure it could be easy to approach writing a book about your life with diabetes and keep everything in the first-person, with no outside input. “This is how I do it. The end.” But someone like Kerri would never do something like that, and that’s why she’s awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ThePerfectD on February 17, 2014
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Between the highs and lows, the ups and downs, the diagnosis and the rest of your life, there is a quest for balance. It's a daily quest and sometimes, it's a struggle.
This is not a primer on how to treat hypoglycemia or sick day rules. It's about dating and having jobs and children and going to university and speaking out and making connections. These are all things that people without diabetes do, but as Kerri and those who contributed share their thoughts, their tricks, and their secrets, living with diabetes is about living our lives with something extra to balance.
Balancing Diabetes and the stories found within the book prove to me that I'm not alone. There are others dealing with the same issues I have surrounding my life with diabetes.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has diabetes, loves someone with diabetes, or needs to learn that while we make balancing on the diabetes high wire look easy some days, there is a needed safety net of people who understand.
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