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The Origin Story.

Last year, the team at Spry Publishing approached me about developing an idea, and from that discussion came Balancing Diabetes.  At first, I laughed (and cringed) at the title because I didn’t (and don’t) have diabetes balanced …

“I like the title, but it is a little tongue-in-cheek because I think I’m always searching for some semblance of balance.  Let’s make it about the journey that is the pursuit of balance, and not the achievement of said balance because I can’t pretend to have accomplished that.  Cool?”

And it was cool.

So I spent many months fleshing out ideas, interviewing friends and family who are touched by diabetes, and tried to write a book that wasn’t a “how to” (because I cannot write a how-to … still figuring out the self-how’ing) but more a “how we do.”

I wanted to write book to shine a spotlight on that journey.  This book is for the community of like-pancreased people who work hard to make diabetes a part of their bigger whole.

But I didn’t do it alone.

I owe several people a huge debt of gratitude for their contributions, patience, and trust as I worked through the writing process, weaving my words with theirs and trying to share our diabetes stories as a collective.  Several of these people have known me for ages, like my much-loved parents, siblings, and friends I grew up with, and many other voices are from the diabetes community, but every voice is one I’m proud to include. I wanted to make sure that, as proud as I am to have authored a book, I’m even more proud of the people I had the honor of working with.

Here are links to the online “homes” of so many of the contributors (this is not a full list of contributors – just those with online hubs):

Abby Bayer
Dr. Jill Weissberg-Benchell
Adam Brown
Karen Graffeo
Blair Ryan
Karen Hoffman
Briley Boisvert
Kim Vlasnik
Chloe Vance
Lindsay Rhoades
Christel Aprigliano
Lindsay Swanson
Christopher Angell
Manny Hernandez
Christopher Snider
Melissa Baland Lee
Dana Lewis
Ryan Noonan
George Simmons
Sara Nicastro
Ginger Vieira
Scott Johnson
Harry Thompson
Dr. Sean Oser
Jackie Singer
Dr. Shara Bialo
Jacquie Wojcik

I’m so grateful for their contributions, because there isn’t just “one voice” that represents people with diabetes.  Every voice matters. I hope that Balancing Diabetes becomes a resource for people who want confirmation that they aren’t alone, and to hear from the personal experiences of others.

The paperback book is now available for order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and digital (e-book) versions are available, too.  In efforts to not annoy the hell out of people who don’t want updates about the book, I’ll be updating the Balancing Diabetes page here at Six Until Me and the Balancing Diabetes Facebook page with links to reviews, news, and other awkward things.

The support from all of you has been tremendous, and so appreciated.  I’m really grateful to have a community like ours to share these moments with.  Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy the book!