Books & Resources

Bee a D.I.V.A, and Other Diabetes Attitude Boosts

A loyal reader emails me to say thanks for creating a site that’s “positive and a great experience for the diabetic.” And I say THANKS FOR NOTICING, ’cause that’s exactly why I started this blog: most every other resource I found was such a downer!
I also get a fair amount of emails from people calling for help. They’re usually either newly diagnosed and feeling totally under water, or struggling to help a loved one…

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More Books and Resources

A lot of people are starting to ask what diabetes books I’d personally recommend. Honestly, I haven’t read that many, but what I have read was invaluable. The very first thing I did after coming up for air was order a copy of “Diabetes for Dummies,” of course (!) — an essential for understanding what’s actually happening to your body. I also enjoyed “The Diabetics Book” by June Biermann and Barbara Toohey. I believe the…

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The Power of Apology in Medicine

A few weeks ago I received a rather odd book to review: “The Power of Apology in Medicine,” a short treatise on “the movement toward apology and full disclosure in medicine.”
We chronic patient types know all about the importance of good “bedside manner.” We’ve all got our doctor horror stories about insensitive comments and shockingly inappropriate behavior. These ugly encounters stick with us forever, and add an extra crust of negativity to our already…

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The Dream Fund and Kassie’s Book for Diabetic Parents

Periscope up! The more you look, the more you find — in this case implying that if you ever, ever felt alone with your diabetes, forget it! I can hardly believe how many hot programs and cool people I am starting to run into all centered around this disease.
Here are two of the latest items I’ve found:
* The Ascenia Dream Fund is an annual contest run by the diabetes division of Bayer to…

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European Vacation, and Read ME on dLife.com!

One. Long. Trip.
Well now, compared to years past, the 10-hour flight was almost relaxing. Everybody in my family but me slept for a while. No one screamed. Only one needed to use the paper sick bag. Twice. But recovered quickly. So pretty smooth, really!
It was the 4+ hours from Amsterdam Schiphol to Duesseldorf that put me over the edge. At one point while waiting nearly 2 hours for a train connection at some…

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