My first book on this subject, Coming to Terms with Type 1 Diabetes, shares my family’s journey from Laura’s diagnosis at the age of 3 through the challenge of learning to live with the disease and to move on with a positive attitude. Some of the content started life as a series of occasional blog posts on my Young By Name blog, and I’ve added further reflections.
The book was originally intended as a simple fundraiser for JDRF, and I expected it to be of interest only to other families in a similar situation, but as soon as I put out the manuscript to a few key people to read prior to publication, it quickly became apparent that it would serve three valuable purposes:
- to provide moral support, encouragement and hope to families of those with Type 1 Diabetes
- to enable those with no experience of the disease to obtain a better understanding of what it’s like to live with it
- to help medical professionals view the disease from the perspective of the patient and his or her family
When originally published as an ebook exclusively for Kindle on World Diabetes Day 2013, Coming To Terms received such a positive response (16 x 5* reviews on Amazon UK) that I decided to publish it in paperback to reach a wider audience.
New Edition for World Diabetes Day 2014
To mark World Diabetes Day 2014 (14 November), and to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes research charity JDRF, I published a new paperback of a memoir of my family’s experience of Type 1 Diabetes, a serious, incurable condition that affects my husband and our daughter Laura. All profits from both the ebook and the paperback will be donated to JDRF.
I’m now compiling Sugar, Sugar or How to Keep Smiling When You’ve Got Type 1 Diabetes in the House – a book of upbeat tips to make life easier for families affected by Type 1. These won’t be medical tips – you should only ever get that from your qualified care team – but simple ideas such as disguising your equipment and supplies in fancy cases and baskets, so that they don’t get you down. Those who don’t live with the condition may not realise how helpful such little tricks are in getting you through the day, especially where there are children involved. More news on this book will follow shortly.
Thanks to Distinguished Supporters
I was honoured when the distinguished broadcaster and journalist Justin Webb, co-presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, agreed to write the foreword. His son, close in age to Laura, also has Type 1 Diabetes.
I was also very pleased to gain permission from leading media GP, Dr Carol Cooper, President of the Guild of Health Writers, to feature her endorsement on the cover of the paperback.:
“A lovely uplifting little book, full of insight, wit, and practical know-how. Beautifully written – a little treasure as well as a ray of hope.”
The beautiful cover was kindly provided free of charge by the author services company, SilverWood Books, who published my marketing manual for authors, Sell Your Books!
How to Order Your Copy
From bookshops: if not held in stock, quote ISBN 978-0993-087905 to order