Book Review: Balancing Diabetes by Kerri Sparling

It is very exciting to review Balancing Diabetes by Kerri Sparling. As many of you know, Kerri is an active member of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and writes the wonderful blog Six Until Me. Kerris blog is one of the first that I found when I started exploring the DOC, and one that I read and follow. I was very excited when I found out from Spry Publishing that Kerri had a book! In full discloser, I received a review copy of Balancing Diabetes from Spry Publishing, but the review is completely my own thoughts and feelings.

Balancing Diabetes is a very easy, comforting read and one that I suggest anyone diagnosed with diabetes read no matter what type. Reading Balancing Diabetes is like sitting in a room with so many active members of the DOC, and getting not only Kerris story and advice about how to handle life situations with diabetes, but getting to learn and hear the life experiences of many members of the diabetes community. Kerri expertly weaves the stories together into what is a great book filled with advice, anecdotes, and at many times left me feeling like I was definitely not alone in this world of life with diabetes.

The book talks about diagnosis, adjusting to a new normal, how to deal with your siblings, friendships, pregnancy and diabetes, relationships, diabetes devices, day-to-day life, work and diabetes, exercise, travel, advocacy work, college, and so much more. I feel like I could relate to so much of the book, and also was inspired and encouraged to read about the parts of Kerris life that I have not yet experienced yet myself (relationships can happen, and so can pregnancies!).

I would recommend that anyone with a diabetes diagnosis read Balancing Diabetes. It is an inspiring read, and helpful to know that you are not alone. There are other people out there managing, living, and thriving with diabetes. It is a nice to read a book from another person living with diabetes.