Hi Sisters! I'm Kelley

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Hi Sisters! I'm Kelley

Hi sisters!  I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Kelley, I’m 30 years old and I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Chris and our dog, Scarlett. I work for a small company as Director of Operations handling accounting, web development, human resources and marketing.  I also work from home, which allows a lot of flexibility in my schedule but sometimes requires working nights and weekends.  I love to travel; I’ve visited 22 countries, as diverse as Russia, Chile, and Iceland.  I also love to be active, anything from skiing to basketball to hiking.  I was never a runner but about two years ago, I began a couch to 5k program. After completing my first 5k, I stuck with it and ran two half marathons, a 10-miler and a triathlon last year.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in 1993, when I was nine years old.  I was diagnosed the week of Christmas and I still remember getting out of the hospital on Christmas Eve, waking up Christmas morning and seeing that Santa brought me sugar-free candy and wondering how he knew-he must be magical! I don’t recall what my A1C or blood sugar was at diagnosis but I remember the pediatrician telling my father to take me to the hospital immediately.  I had the typical symptoms for Type 1 diabetes: weight loss, excessive thirst, exhaustion, frequent urination, etc.  I have been on an insulin pump since 1997 and on a continuous glucose monitor for over two years.  I also have a blog, www.below-seven.com where I talk about my life with diabetes.

I have just recently discovered DiabetesSisters, joining my local PODS meet up last October and I’ve been so grateful to find this organization.  I attended the 2014 Weekend for Women Conference in Washington, DC, which was such an amazing experience.   I went the majority of my 20 years with diabetes alone.  I didn’t even really talk about my life with diabetes with my friends or family.  It wasn’t until starting my blog and becoming a member of the Diabetes Online Community that I found out such amazing groups existed and now I feel a lot less alone with diabetes.

I’m also 20 weeks pregnant (I find out on Friday if it’s a boy or a girl)!  DiabetesSisters has given me this great opportunity to share with you my journey as I handle my diabetes while being pregnant.  I look forward to sharing with you all!


I'll be sure to follow you on your new platform at Diabetes Sisters. I had hoped to attend the Diabetes Sisters conference in Chicago this year, but it was cancelled. I think it's a great organization and you know that I think you're the best! The blogging of your journey will be so helpful to other young women with diabetes who want to have children and need the assurance that it is not only possible, but wonderful.
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Submitted by Laddie on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:26pm

Aww Laddie, you should come out to the conference on the east coast (next year) because then I could meet you!
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Submitted by kelley on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 9:31am