Information Overload (and Fainting Goats)

  • Kerri Sparling
  • Martin Wood, MSLIS, AHIP Florida State University College of Medicine


Immediately upon our diagnosis, we are inundated with information about diabetes. In our visits with our healthcare team, we receive education from our healthcare providers, but we’re also surrounded by posters, handouts, pamphlets, magazines, and all sorts of literature issuing the do’s and don’ts of our new life with diabetes. On top of all that, we have to keep up with our personal health history, health needs, and all the data points that are incorporated into a life with a chronic condition.

Diabetes is a chronic illness, and we can’t live our lives waiting for the next awful thing to happen. There has to be life after diagnosis, and we need to find a way to take on information without creating a pile of anxiety.

Author Biographies

Kerri Sparling

Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 28 years, diagnosed in 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra Diabetes doesnt 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 global 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.


Martin Wood, MSLIS, AHIP, Florida State University College of Medicine
Martin Wood, MSLIS, AHIP is the Director of the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library at Florida State University. With a diverse background in libraries, technology, education, government, and business, Martin is a leader of digital medical libraries, and an advocate for information at the point of need. He is also an outspoken advocate for people with diabetes, Editor in Chief of The PLAID Journal, and author of Diabetically Speaking, a popular diabetes blog.
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