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There is positive news from researches at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in regards to testing for Celiac Disease. If you know anything about this disease it is very hard to test for, I’ve found this out first hand with my older d-daughter. Here’s the link to the article on Science Daily, I won’t rehash what they say, but its a good read. Take care and have a nice day.
A few weeks back in midst of maybe the most hectic time in my life I got an email from my friends at Spry Publishing asking me to review a book; just not any book, but one written by a friend, a hero and a person with diabetes. How could I say no, come to think of it, I never say no when it comes to diabetes writing projects. With that said, I was honored to receive an advanced copy of Balancing Diabetes by Kerri Sparling. Here are my thoughts about this wonderful book.
Disclaimer: if you doubt what I say about this book you may have to arm wrestle me, what I say about this book, is what I believe, quote me! Plain and simple, this book is awesome, when it’s released in March, buy it. This should be the end of what I need to say, however, I will give a brief but necessary glimpse in the pages of this book.
If you’ve read any of my book reviews in the past, you know my relationship goes back a few years with Spry publishing when I contributed on the book Kids First, Diabetes Second. Spry is a health care specialty publisher and has put out several diabetes books which have enriched the lives of people living with diabetes and parents who raise children with diabetes.
If you don’t know who Kerri Sparling is, let me give you a little back ground. She writes maybe the most popular diabetes blog Six Until Me. She has blogged since 2005 and has become a popular speaker at diabetes conferences. She has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since age 6 (25 plus years); she is married and has a daughter.
Let me make another bold statement, this book may be the most significant diabetes book to date. Why you ask? Let me tell you a story from last summer at the ADA conference in Chicago; at a dinner party I was listening to a speaker show on a graph of how much of a year we spend with our medical team. It was a very small amount; diabetes is a self-management disease is what he rightly proclaimed. With that said your medical team can set your basal rates; tweak your correction factor and your carb ratio. However, most of them don’t have Type 1 Diabetes. They can’t tell you the personal experience of living the day-to-day life with a disease that take a lot of your energy. Kerri has lived it for many years, and shares her wisdom with the readers in this simple, straight forward, well written book.
To quote Kerri “It’s a delicate balance, this one between “I’m sick” and “I’m fine.” “You have diabetes? You seem fine.” On an average day, diabetes falls in the “annoying but tolerable” category. I test my blood sugar, wear any combination of my continuous glucose monitoring device/insulin pump technology, do the insulin-to-carb math, eat well, and exercise as often and as hard as I can …. the list is sizable and keeps me busy.” From the perspective of a parent raising 2 young girls with Type 1, that is what I have to do for my girls; down the road, they will have to do the above mentioned by Kerri. That is what this book does; it shows the daily tidbits of how to walk with a new set of shoes called diabetes.
Kerri recounts many memories from friendship, love, having children, taking diabetes to college, moving from your parents care to your own, advocacy and finding balancing. Who needs to read this book? Here’s the list: if you’re an adult and you were just diagnosed with diabetes, if you were diagnosed 30 years ago as a child, if you have a friend/sibling with diabetes, raised a child with diabetes, and are raising a child with diabetes. I think that covers it. Hey, one more, maybe health care a professional who treat people with diabetes, I think this would give you a glimpse into what their patients go through.
I can’t say enough how important this book is to people living with diabetes and parents raising children with diabetes. You can learn from someone who has lived well with diabetes, someone who has had a child, someone who has succeeded in life while have Type 1 Diabetes. When March rolls around, go and buy Balancing Diabetes by Kerri Sparling, you won’t regret.
Sorry I’ve been away and not blogging and posting, but life is a bit stressful/busy. Our baby boy will be born next Friday the 27th. I’ll tweet post and blog about the day and how it relates to my dkids. Thankful we have long time friends and neighbors who will care for our girls while we’re at the hospital. I’ve known our friends since college, and after college they bought the house across the street. I don’t know what I’d do with out them. Thank you to everyone who follows this page and the blog. I’m 2014, I will be writing a lot, many exciting topics including a boomer article on the “cure”, and I won’t shy from being controversial about funding. I might also be freelance writing again, we’ll have to see. If it works out, my children’s book may be finished in 2014. Guess I’ll get to type with a llittle baby on my lap. Thank you again, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
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