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Peer to Peer Support for Managing Physical and Emotional Well-being Among Patients
Wednesday, May 14, 2014  1:00 PM EST

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Patients are oftentimes managing more than doctor's appointments and lab work follow-through when it comes to living - and living well - with chronic illness.  Join patient advocate and author, Kerri Sparling, for a discussion about how patients are turning to peer-to-peer support for assistance in managing their physical and emotional well-being.  Using examples of advocacy and outreach from the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), Kerri will illustrate how patients with diabetes are changing their personal healthcare landscapes in addition to helping shape the diabetes discussion on a national, and global, level.  

There will be a question and answer portion to this discussion, as well as interaction from the diabetes social Follow along: Join the dialogue during our webinars by following the hashtag #integration on Twitter.

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Our Speakers:

Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years, diagnosed in 1986.  She manages her diabetes and lives her life by teh mantra "Diabetes doesn't define me, but it helps explain me."  Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes.  She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a gloval audience of patients, caregivers, and industry.  Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time as a writer and consultant.  Her first book, Balancing Diabetes (Spry Publishing) was released in the spring of 2014. 

Kerri and her husband, chris, live in Rhode Island, USA with their daughter.  She can be reached by email at or on Twitter at @sixuntilme.



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