damIt’s November. Time to remember Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day – which is observed on November 14th, annually. The date commemorates the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921. There are online and community events scheduled this month to promote greater awareness of diabetes, educate about lifestyle changes, and empower yourself and others to take action and succeed.    I quote Arthur Ashe, Jr. in the Introduction to my book, “MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Women with Diabetes,” who said, “Success is a journey, not a destination.”  How do you define success?

Kerri Morrone Sparling shared her inspiring diabetes life story in her chapter, “A Shifting Definition of Success.” She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was seven years old. Initially, she defined success at that age as “having the guts to press these needles into my body, everyday, for the rest of my life.”

During her college years, success was defined by her grade point average and her A1C.  As her parents went through a complicated divorce, success became defined by being happy and feeling whole.

Kerri is the creator of the blog which she named because she was six years old when she had her first symptoms of diabetes. The tagline of her blog is “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.” Kerri is connected with the diabetes online community (doc) – sharing her life with diabetes with them and they sharing in return with her. She feels empowered and educated. She feels at peace with her diabetes.  This was a new definition of success, yet again.

Throughout Kerri’s life, success has been a constantly evolving concept. Her greatest success came when she became a mom. Diabetes has not stopped Kerri from living the life she wants.  She continues to work hard and to try and enjoy the ever-changing view of success.

So, how do you define success? The goal for us, whether living with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, is to live well with diabetes and also enjoy our lives.  It’s a goal we can all strive toward, not just during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month but all through the year!

Brought to You By:
Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE
Clinical Psychologist and Certified Diabetes EducatorDDP Staff Writer.

DDP Staff Writer
Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE
Clinical Psychologist and Certified Diabetes Educator

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