Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer in Charleston, SC. She graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Her writing has appeared in skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, Cup of Comfort For Writers, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Mom’s, Art Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Style and Design, and Diabetes Health. Amy is the Chronic Mama Columnist for Literary Mama, and blogs about living with diabetes at http://www.amystockwellmercer.com. Amy has lived with type 1 Diabetes for 31 years.

Contact me at: aalsmercer@gmail.com

7 thoughts on “About”

  1. I love your blog Amy…very inspiring. Though my son was just diagnosed a little over a year ago, it’s great to see and learn from people that have grown up with the disease.

    • Thank you! That is great to hear. I’m only sorry that I don’t feature more “smart men with diabetes” for your son! I’ll work on that 🙂

  2. i started doing more research on pumping and literally stumbled across this site as my phone battery was blinking at me. i sent the link to myself last night and starting reading through this morning…

    i’m in love! this site is amazing–and it feels really great to know that i’m in good company here. this is such a great concept and has inspired me to think about sharing my own story so it becomes more “real” in hopes that i will be able to face my fears and concerns about the disease.


    • alsmercer said:

      I’m so glad! That means so much to me to hear….I would love to share your story here one day when and if you are ready 🙂

  3. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. I absolutely love it and will definitely follow!
    Read you later!

  4. Erin Money Berrigan said:

    I just came across your website, and I want to thank you. I was diagnosed as a T1 just three years ago, at the age of 33. It rocked my world, and I am working on having a more positive experience with my body, and working through the emotions I’ve had since diagnosis. I don’t know anyone else with diabetes, so the internet is where I have turned. With a two year old and three year old, it is hard to make myself a priority, but I am working on it! Thanks for the positive messages…and hope 🙂

    • alsmercer said:

      Thank you so much for telling me! I’m so glad this site is helpful to you-that makes all the work worthwhile 🙂 As a mom with young kids it is sooo hard to put yourself first but also necessary! here’s what I wrote in my Crazy, Sexy, Life essay on this topic:

      As a mother to three fabulous boys, this one is the hardest to maintain; but it’s also the most important. If I don’t put myself first, I won’t be around to watch my boys grow up. Taking care of me first doesn’t mean I am ignoring the needs of my family, but that I am placing value on my health and well-being. As women living with illness, we need to say no. We need to tell our children that we will get their glass of milk after we test our blood sugar, we will take them to the park after we’ve done our daily run/walk/swim/yoga, and they will just have to be patient while we chat for a few extra minutes with our doctor. When we ask our children/husbands/jobs/parents/boyfriends, etc. to wait while we attend to our needs, they will be reminded of how much we value ourselves, and they will value us, too.

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