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World Diabetes Day: 2016

"Because I get by with a little help from my pump." Like actually. Celebrated my own diabetes journey and diabetes awareness month with a fun photoshoot by my love, Alfred Sarpeh of Royal Light Photography. T-shirt purchased from ...

Reclaiming Power and Acknowledging Small Victories

Yesterday during a workshop, we were asked to describe the last time we felt powerful. After much mental warring and eliminating instances that felt far too personal for an audience I barely knew, I described the moment in which I received my last A1C—a 7.0%. After being deterred by an 8.2% months ...

Traveling While Diabetic: Ghana Glows and Grows

Joy-filled. Love-filled. Affirming. Revealing. This is how I would describe my recent getaway. After several years of dating, I accompanied my partner to his homeland of Ghana in West Africa. Though I traveled there 6 years prior for an undergraduate seminar, my experience this time was markedly ...

Why I Cringe When Others Tell Me They’re Praying For My Healing

Shortly after my diabetes diagnosis, family and friends flooded me with words of encouragement, prayers and gifts of comfort. Among the many stuffed animals and cards that I received, was a CD series given to me by a well-meaning family member. The CDs included sermons by a prominent pastor along ...

JALS at JDRF’s One Walk

On Sunday, September 25th, the Just a Little Suga’ team participated in the JDRF One Walk at Foley Square. One Walk utilizes financial contributions to fund research and life-saving innovations so that one day we’ll realize a world without Type 1 diabetes. As a Type 1 diabetic, my participation ...

My Grandmother and I: The Reason for This Space

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 ...

Ari Got the Suga’: The Naming of This Platform

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 ...