What T1D Teaches

Upon diagnosis with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the disease immediately teaches you that your pancreas isn’t just this corn on the cob–shaped organ sitting behind your stomach. The insulin produced by this organ is crucial to metabolizing food, feeding your cells, and keeping you alive. When you’re diagnosed, you learn how to test your blood […]

Having a Happy T1D Holiday

Sweeping your gaze over the holiday food spread, you can’t help but notice that the eating options lean heavily in favor of high-carb, high-sugar, and high-octane type 1 diabetes (T1D) trouble: candy canes, gingerbread houses, heaping plates of festive cookies, eggnog, and sweet-potato pies. Even seemingly innocent sugarplums are in on the oversaturation of sugar […]

Talking about T1D

By Kerri Sparling “Hi! I’m Kerri, and I have type 1 diabetes.” This is not normally the way I introduce myself to people. (Actually, this is never the way I introduce myself to people—bit of a creepy opener, wouldn’t it be?) I’m not shy when it comes to talking about my type 1 diabetes (T1D) […]

My Story: Planning a healthy pregnancy with type 1 diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are often told “no.” We hear the long list of things we shouldn’t eat, and shouldn’t do, and shouldn’t even think about trying. For things outside of managing my T1D, I subscribe to the concept of “asking forgiveness, not permission.” (Like when I pierced my belly button when I […]