According to the American Diabetes Association, about 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s almost 10 percent of the population. Although type 1 diabetes affects far fewer of the total—about 1.25 million—many of them were diagnosed as children and live with the disease their entire lives. As with other chronic conditions, diabetes can be overwhelming without the right support system. These days people can go online to find vast networks of information, forums, and bloggers. Here are five of our favorite type 1 diabetes bloggers.
- Texting My Pancreas is a blog Kim Vlasnik started in 2010. She has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, but recently had discovered the vast online community of people with diabetes. She says, “for me, living with diabetes feels much more bearable when I think of it as a team sport.”
- Karen Graffeo is the writer behind BitterSweet, a blog about her personal thoughts and experiences with diabetes. She was diagnosed as an 11-year-old in 1979 and is grateful for the changes in technology that allow her to better manage her diabetes. She “appreciates that today’s devices help her to better manage her diabetes and let her indulge in cake more than once a year!”
- Kerri Sparling was diagnosed as a child and lived most of her life as the only diabetic she knew. When she discovered a handful of diabetes bloggers in the mid-2000s, she created her own blog, Six Until Me. There were only a few then, but she says, “Now I am a proud member of a vast diabetes community who prove every day that I’m not alone with this disease.”
- Tom Karlya was an actor when his two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992. Years later, his son, then 13, was also diagnosed. Writing on the blog, Diabetes Dad, Karlya has devoted his life educating about and fighting for people who live with diabetes. He regularly attends conferences and writes for news media. He explains that he “started this blog to help educate and inspire all those who are parents or who live with diabetes.”
- This is Caleb is a blog run by Lorraine about her son who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three in 2007. The name of the blog comes from a series of videos that introduced others to her son and his diagnosis. Most of the blog posts are about stories they want to share about their experiences. She explains, “Everyone who lives with diabetes has a different story to tell. I have read and heard many of them… I share our experiences so that others do not feel isolated.”