The Storybook Illustrated Guide to Type 1 Diabetes: Estelle's Winning Spirit (SiGuides)

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Estelle has an active and joyful spirit--a winning spirit. While she is playing soccer, she begins to feel dizzy, but she remains positive by thinking "this day is going to be bright as the sun!" However, the dizziness worsens, and Estelle has to be whisked away to the Emergency Room. She is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and although she doesn't understand at first, she comes to comprehend her condition and how to take care of herself. She's firm and positive that she'll live as brightly as before--bright as the sun!
This book is part of the Storybook Illustrated Guides (, which main goal is to serve as an educational resource that will benefit parents and children alike. The fictional stories include characters, who are just like you/your child, that discover why they are different and learn that they can overcome and lead normal lives. Each book is fundamentally divided into three sections:

  1. Created for parents and caregivers, practical and useful tips to help recognize symptoms of conditions covered in each book. 
  2. The stories themselves, illustrated to capture children's interest while educating them about various illnesses.
  3. A list of online resources that adults can use to learn more about conditions.
Table of Contents
  • Tips for Caregivers of Children with Diabetes
  • Chapter 1: The Big Game
  • Chapter 2: Estelle's Health
  • Chapter 3: A Long Night
  • Chapter 4: Mystery Solved
  • Chapter 5: What is Diabetes?
  • Chapter 6: Estelle is Equipped for Battle
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Helpful Resources
"The book does a good job of walking a layperson through the initial warning signs and symptoms. It also does a good job of waking you up to the very real dangers that come with ignoring symptoms and not talking about it, but in a safe environment." -- Heather Pfingsten. PinkNinjaBlog

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Brian Wu, a 7th year MD/PhD, is on track to finishing his PhD in 2014 and has a goal to becoming a Sports Medicine Physician with a focus on holistic care and treatment. The idea for writing the Storybook Illustrated Guides first occurred to Brian as a fifth grader, when he wrote a story "Wacky Olympics and Body Wars", which is a personification of the immune system and how our bodies fight disease. Since then, the idea has matured over the years and the result is nothing short of astonishing. Brian has created a revolutionary series of books that raises the bar where children’s health education is concerned. There’s nothing else like the SIGuides on the market today. Brian believes children should understand medical conditions they acquire, so that they can take good care of themselves and lead full lives. He has a way of writing about complex medical topics at a level that children comprehend. Brian understands the value of empowering children with diseases, enabling them to play an active role in their own treatment and recovery process. Brian values the ability for all ages to learn from the power of stories. He has the passion to share his love of science and medicine through these stories with the world. The power of storytelling stems from the fact that stories can teach without overbearing. Learning comes naturally when engaging both logical and creative sides of the brain. The facts surrounding each disease appeal to the logical side, making the story engaging and the learning fun. Brian knows that if he can help even a single person then the project will be well worth it. Brian’s interests include writing and entrepreneurship. He is married and loves his wife dearly. Contact Brian Wu at More info on Brian can be found at

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