It is always exciting to see one of “our own” — a diabetes blogger and advocate — find success offline. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the publication of a new book, Kids First, Diabetes Second by Leighann Calentine, the author of D-Mom Blog and mom to Quinn, a 7-year-old PWD who was diagnosed with type 1 four years ago. Like many of us, Leighann started blogging to share support and information, and now she’s expanding her supportive efforts through her new book.
Although I’m not a parent of a CWD, I think this book covers the right balance of practical information on tactics and tips for managing diabetes along with how to deal with the emotional burden of raising a child with diabetes. When I was a child growing up with diabetes, I certainly never wanted to be singled out for a disease that I didn’t ask for, and I appreciate how my parents tried to make sure I didn’t miss out on anything. If you’re struggling with how to do that, Leighann definitely has some tips for you.
The book focuses mostly on Leighann’s own personal experience. It isn’t co-written with a diabetes educator or endocrinologist, so we have to add a caveat that this shouldn’t be taken as prescriptive. Like anything written about diabetes — even presented by a medical expert — your diabetes may vary, but since this is written by a non-expert, you should definitely keep that in mind.
But that doesn’t mean Leighann doesn’t offer lots of help from very experienced folks; she includes a wide array of guest contributors, including diabetes educator Gary Scheiner, life coach Ginger Vieira, D-blogger Kelly Kunik, and also… me! (Disclosure: I’m a contributor to this book.) You’ll find me talking about the do’s and don’ts of finding a babysitter when your child has diabetes. Other topics Leighann covers include dealing with sick days, holidays and school parties, and coping with the inevitable emotional impact of this stressful and never-ending disease.
While at the recent Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with Leighann and Quinn, where we talked about Leighann’s inspiration for writing a book and her advice for other parents. And don’t miss the part where Quinn chimes in with her own words of wisdom for other kids with diabetes!
Kids First, Diabetes Second is available on Amazon for $15.95.
The DMBooks Giveaway
Once again we’re giving you the chance to win a free copy of our latest book reviewed. We have two copies of Kids First, Diabetes Second to give away, so if you’d like to win one, check out the instructions below.
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