Books & Resources

Where Career and Autoimmune Disease Meet

If ever two things were once considered mutually exclusive, they were career and chronic illness. Add to that being a woman and the whole thing sounded like a joke. Well, we’ve come a long way, Baby.
According to Rosalind Joffe of CICoach.com and her business partner Joan Friedlander, there are millions of women out there succeeding in the workplace despite living with an autoimmune disease (AD). Specifically, as many as 50 million Americans — 20%…

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Life Disrupted, The Book

For those of you who were old enough at the time to remember life before your diabetes, the term “disruption” may seem like an understatement. Diagnosis is more like a crossroads, where your life morphs from one form into another entirely.
Health writer and blogger Laurie Edwards knows all about this. Maybe even more so than us PWDs, because her life has literally been a string of disabling symptoms, invasive medical tests, IVs, casts on…

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Grace, Achieved

Who knows Birdie? Who loves her like I do? Her blog, Aiming for Grace, always offers a combination of the most compelling images and simple words about living with diabetes that stop you in your tracks. It’s the purity of the them that gets you. For example, this recent post about the compulsion to explain ourselves to perfect strangers.
Well, when Birdie marked 20 years of living with Type 1 diabetes in March 2006, she…

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A Shot of Joy

I talk a good bit about Joy, but I’m actually a rather cynical person. What, you noticed? Anyway, I don’t exactly believe in the “mood cure” either, so when writer and advocate Riva Greenberg sent me her sweet little new book with bunnies on the cover, I was… well, skeptical.
The book is called “The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes,” and it features A-Z alphabet illustrations with grinning bunnies, cherubs, mermaids and mice, each…

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