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DSMA Live with Carli Visser

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DSMA Live with Carli Visser and Co-hosts Scott K. Johnson, Cherise Shockley and George Simmons 


Carli recently wrote Freckled Fingertips: short stories of a lifelong disease. At fourteen months old she was diagnosed with type I diabetes. Along with the diagnosis she was challenged to a duel with her own body. The fight has been relentless and the disease constant. Every aspect of her life is affected. Growing up diabetic Carli watched other girls her age play with dolls, while learning to regulate her blood sugar levels and give herself lifesaving injections. Every day of her life she is held accountable for each energy exertion and caloric intake, and this responsibility has caused an unattainable desire for perfection. Carli internalized much of the pressure and frustration diabetes caused, and until she learned to share her story and empathize with other diabetics, she felt alone in her disease. It has been Carli’s inability to allow diabetes to be an excuse which has given her the power required to overcome this disease.