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  A Diabetic Doctor Looks at Diabetes

Author: Peter A. Lodewick
Publisher: Lowell House
Publication Date: December 1998

Description: "Dr. Lodewick puts it all in perspective. He gives you hope that you can control your diabetes and therefore significantly reduce the damage that the disease does. I followed up with an appointment with Dr. Lodewick. He is competent, straight forward and impathetic. Recommended reading for all diabetics."


Author: Andie Dominick
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Publication Date: April 2000

Description: As the title suggests, the author is graphically frank about the medical necessities of living with juvenile-onset diabetes, and squeamish readers may find her memoir harrowing. In its essence, however, this is a story of emotional growth and healing. Diagnosed at 9 by her older sister Denise, who is herself a diabetic, Andie Dominick spends her adolescence rebelling against her condition: "dieting" by skipping shots, undergoing a dangerous abortion at 17. Also read A Review by Rick Mendosa.

  Reflections on Diabetes

Author: American Diabetes Association
Publisher: American Diabetes Assn.
Publication Date: July 1996

Description: "...features nearly 40 moving and poignant essays by people with diabetes...addresses topics such as parenting a child with diabetes, complications, travel, sports and exercise, holiday celebrations, support groups, friends and lovers."

  Showdown with Diabetes

Author: Deb Butterfield
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Publication Date: November 2000

Description: In this compelling personal account, Deb Butterfield writes about the world of diabetes from within that world, telling the story of living with this illness, through progressive debilitation, until she was finally freed of restrictions and needles by a pancreas transplant. She goes on to give a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in treatment, helping those who suffer from the disease to know their options. For the families of people with diabetes and the medical professionals who care for them, this book also offers a rare and frank insight into the life of a diabetic person. Also see the book at Deb's website

  Steel Magnolias

Author: Robert Harling
Publisher: Dramatist's Play Service
Publication Date: January 1998

Description: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant Anelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy."

  Sweet Invisible Body

Author: Lisa Roney
Publisher: Owl Books
Publication Date: August 2000

Description: A poignant, painful life story. Roney was diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, just before she turned 12. Since then, it has turned her life into a balancing act, an ongoing internal reckoning as to "whether a given interaction is worth the energy, about the timing of every walk, jog, movie, lecture, airline flight, nap, phone conversation, and meal." Her story is cold water in the face of the oft-held attitude that diabetes is simply a condition easily handled by medication and a prudent lifestyle.

  Sweet Recovery

Author: Denise J. Bradley
Publisher: Upbeat Productions
Publication Date: March 1992

Description: An easy to read, first-person narrative exploring in-depth: how diabetes, a chronic disease, can create family dysfunction; doctor/patient relationships; life as a visually impaired person; the guilt and torment of food addiction; and the power of the individual to change. The story is told with candor, empathy, and humor.

  The Sun, the Rain, and the Insulin

Author: Joan MacCracken
Publisher: Tiffin Press Of Maine
Publication Date: May 1996

Description: Dr. MacCracken, a pediatric endocrinologist, has succeeded in writing an excellent book about diabetes in youth......What makes this book truly outstanding, however, is the fact that it is full of wisdom--wisdom which is rarely written down--wisdom that comes from working with, and learning from, children and adolescents with diabetes and their families over a period of many years.

  The Ups and Downs of Diabetes

Author: Allen W Driscoll
Publisher: Allen W. Driscoll
Publication Date: June 20, 1998

Description: Containing 155 pages plus several caricature line drawings depicting various experiences of the author, the book is written in a rapid reading style and is both informative and entertaining, stressing how diabetes was good for me in both the worst of times and the best of times. The book is upbeat, contains no horror stories, and is good reading for the new diabetic, the old diabetic, and the non-diabetic.

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