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An Introduction

My Grandmother and I: The Reason for This Blog

The month of September ignites painful memories. Two years ago, my grandmother, a type-2 diabetic and double amputee declared she was tired of living. The long-term effects of type 2 diabetes ravaged her body—stealing her vision, kidney function, mobility, and will to live. Growing up witnessing her blatant defiance of ...

Ari Got the Suga’: The Name Behind the Blog

I was 16 and a novice diabetic when my great aunt from South Carolina visited my grandmother. Unlike most of my family, she was unaware of my new status. I had taken out my meter to check my blood sugar when she interrupted, “Ari, you got the suga’?…” Helen, a type 2 diabetic, spoke as if she were the leader of ...

Welcome to Just a Little Suga’!

Welcome! My name is Ariel and I’m the Type 1 diabetic blogger behind Just a Little Suga’! Just a Little Suga’ is a personal blog with an expansive focus, seeking to shed light on the experiences of diabetics on the margin (i.e. individuals of color, vulnerable populations, marginalized communities affected by ...