Kerri Sparling is a writer, speaker, and the author of Six Until Me: Essays from a life with diabetes (2022), Rage Bolus & Other Poems (2021) and Balancing Diabetes (2014). Since 2005, she has been a leading voice in the patient advocacy space, focusing on her personal experience with type 1 diabetes. Through the power and passion of the patient narrative, Kerri found her voice and has worked to bolster the influence of patient stories in the healthcare space, from academic journals to keynote performances around the world.
She is best known for her work as a patient storyteller at SixUntilMe.com and there's a chance she might be appreciated someday for her fictional stories, as well.
To connect with Kerri, you can email her at kerri (at) kerrisparling (dot) com.
Six Until Me: Essays from a life with diabetes
I felt alone with diabetes.
I didn't have any friends who understood the weird triumph of a soft blood sugar landing after pizza. I didn’t know anyone else who had treated a low by having to eat the dirt-covered Swedish Fish candies from the floor mats of the car. I was the only person who was counting carbs and calculating insulin doses.
Everyone I knew made their own insulin. But when I started writing about diabetes online, I wasn't alone anymore. What I’ve learned by connecting with the diabetes community has been nothing short of life-saving.
This collection of essays from the award-winning blog SixUntilMe.com shows diabetes through a lens of levity, empathy, and lived experience.
Rage Bolus & Other Poems2021
Balancing Diabetes: Conversations about happiness and living well2014