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21th Annual Shooting Stars JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Newport Beach, CA at The Waffle House

For a contribution of $50 (or MORE!), walkers will receive a VERY COOL Shooting Stars Team T-Shirt while supplies last. Contact Joanne if you are interested in attending the event. To donate on-line, please go to:

From DiabetesMine: Type 1 Diabetes Caregiver Confidence Book Review AND Giveaway!

Check it out!  My book review of Samantha Markovitz’s first book, Type 1 Diabetes Caregiver Confidence, chock full of advice and tools to help caregivers (grandparents, babysitters, neighbors, etc.) understand the basics of diabetes, treatments, emergencies … all packed into 128 very readable pages. 






DiabetesMine is offering to give away 2 free copies of this book!  Just go to the link below and leave a comment below the article, including the codeword, DMBooks … OR send in your entry to with the subject line, “T1D Caregiver.”  This offer is open until June 9, just a few days away!!!

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Savvy Books: Bright Spots & Landmines by Adam Brown

At the risk of repeating myself, AMAZING! I’ve been reading Adam’s column on diatribe … always interesting. But this is a masterpiece of wisdom, experience, tips and techniques in an easy-to-read, MUST READ resource for how to live as well as possibly with Type1 diabetes. WOW!

I started reading the book as soon as I got it … and the subtitle says a lot: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me.” I scanned the reviews by all the prominent folks in the diabetes community. I felt a bit intimidated. I thought, uh-oh, another “whatcha oughta do” books. In a way it is … but it all makes sense.



Adam, a born achiever and oldest of 6 children in his family, was diagnosed with T1 in 2001, at the age of 15. At the tender age of 21, three events changed his life, all for the good:

He started learning about nutrition and eating fewer carbohydrates and how to make better choices
He joined a diabetes-focused organization as an intern, where he learned to write about diabetes
He started using a continuous glucose monitor, which empowered him to figure out what worked well for his diabetes and what didn’t work well.

In short, he started to take charge of his diabetes, beyond just taking insulin.

He tells his journey and his living lessons with openness, honesty and real insight. He shares what he has learned and what works for him and why. He offers variations of these lessons so that you may choose to use them or modify them to work for you.

His book is divided into four VERY important topics:


Very few books on diabetes discuss these subjects as essentials. It’s really a […]

One Lump or Two? Things that Suck about being Diabetic

Haidee Soule Merritt is a “self-proclaimed” realist and cartoonist, doodling her life of personal struggles and experiences with Type 1 diabetes.  Her little book of drawings couched in her “dark sense of humor.”  Some are funny, some are snarky, some are angry, all are interesting and grounded in the reality of living with diabetes. 
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Nicole Johnson (Miss America 1999): Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes Realities

This is a great little primer, short and packed to the brim with practical advice and first-hand stories of how to successfully manage the transition from dependence (life with Mom and Dad) to independence in life while living with Type 1 diabetes. 

Nicole Johnson was the first Miss American to win the title while wearing her insulin pump for all the world to see.  She went on in her studies for master’s degrees in journalism and public health, as well as a doctorate in public health.  Living with diabetes since 1993, she’s raised over $26 million for diabetes research and programs.  She’s written 6 books, is a Telly award-winning television journalist and she serves the diabetes community in so many ways, from public speaking to writing to serving on boards and councils.  Nicole is executive director of Bringing Science Home at the University of South Florida, within which she founded a national organization called Students With Diabetes.

In her introduction, she writes, “Nothing about being a young adult with diabetes is easy.  Living with T1D can prompt insecurity, isolation, and pessimism. It especially torments teens and young adults.  … I remember that time of life well.  I still feel that T1D stole my college experience.  I didn’t live a typical college life because of the newness of the disease and the fear I harbored. Most stunning though are my memories of both feeling alone and wondering what impact T1D would have on the rest of my life.”

It’s a genuine and beautifully written collection of practical advice and personal stories.  A quick read (124 pages) and a great gift for any young adult T1D or their parents.
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We Recommend This Book: Cheating Destiny

Cheating Destiny:  Living with Diabetes by James S. Hirsch

In Cheating Destiny, the best-selling author James S. Hirsch offers an incisive, sometimes surprising portrait of diabetes in America. Hirsch is intimately familiar with the disease: he has lived with type 1 diabetes for three decades. His brother, Irl, also a diabetic, is one of the country’s leading diabetologists. Most poignantly, his son Garrett was diagnosed at age three.

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A Great Read ~ SHOT: Staying Alive with Diabetes

SHOT: Staying Alive with Diabetes, by Amy F. Ryan, is an intimate portrait of a young woman’s sudden transition to type 1 diabetes and a life of insulin dependence. Treatment for a routine infection one Monday morning yielded, with stunning speed, to a glucose monitor, test strips, and a life-altering diagnosis. In SHOT, Amy Ryan shows what it really takes to manage an incurable disease.

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