My ‘Go To’ Book

When my boy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I brought all the info home from the hospital. I read what I was given and went from day to day learning along the way. We were given the book: Caring for Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. It was a great first book and taught us so much. That’s a year and a half ago and looking back it’s such a blur. I did do a couple of quick searches on the internet but it scared the bejeezus out of me so it was a long while until I looked again.

I don’t have diabetes: my son does but it lives in my home with him and I want to understand it as much as I can. He is a teenage boy and I can sometimes see the man he will become. It fills me with such pride. I love him and his brothers beyond words. I want them to be all they can be. 

I hadn’t bought any other books related to Type 1 diabetes. I try to deal with issues as they arrive and not plan too far ahead. This is not my natural default setting. I’m a planner and an organiser but I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected.

A few months ago our Diabetes Educator recommended this ebook: A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe by Joe Solowiejczyk. I found everything I needed there. I love the embedded video clips. Most of all, I loved how empowered I felt as a parent when I read it. I am a strong parent and have always had rules for my boys but throwing Type 1 Diabetes into the mix had left me unsure and questioning myself. I love how Joe talks about teenagers. I am in total awe of him – he  has taken on a rock star glow for me.

  

A top read!

I’m re-reading a book. This is something I rarely do. I had downloaded this book from Amazon onto my Kindle before my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. When he came out of hospital, it was the book I read first and I just loved it. 

Maggie Groff writes in a really easy style but has enough intrigue and a bit of romance in her very Australian story to keep you engaged. What really blew me away is that the main protagonist has Type 1 diabetes. Talk about a strange coincidence! It’s not in the blurb and it’s woven seamlessly into both novels. When I was struggling to get to grips with my son’s diagnosis, these novels both entertained and inspired me to think that he could be whatever he wanted to be.

These books are harder to find in print but are available as ebooks. I’m just hoping there are more to come.