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Here is a special book inviting the reader to experience the challenges of growing up with diabetes. It is not a diabetes manual. Though filled with information on diabetes, it reads like a novel. Six families with diabetes come alive through the sensitive and humorous writings of Dr. Joan MacCracken. We find ourselves drawn to their story. At the diabetes camp we meet Sam, a father privately struggling with his daughter's and his own diabetes, and Becky, a bitter teenager, resentful about her chronic condition. We share poignant moments as family members express their deepest concerns and frustrations about this incurable disease. Mac Cracken's book is filled with feelings because there is nothing cut-and-dried about diabetes
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Our foreword by Dr. Allan Drash, internationally respected pediatric diabetes expert, says it all. "Dr. Joan MacCracken has written an important book. It is unique in the diabetes literature. Through a series of vignettes, she provides examples of potential family concerns, including compliance issues, acting-out behaviors, immaturity and rejection of the disease by both patients and parents. Much more importantly we are taken through the steps of resolution in a real-life arena In many cases, problems are worked out. But as always the case, there are also some failures.
"This book can serve as a detailed road map--a how-you-do-it in the day-to-day management of diabetes. It can provide extraordinarily important insight for the older patients and certainly for the parents of children with diabetes. It also will be a valuable tool for diabetes professionals and others who interact with children with diabetes including teachers and coaches.
"I heartily endorse this book, knowing that it can provide comfort, education, and direction for its readers."From the Author:
In the next decade or two, diabetes care will be very different. In fact, the disease itself may even be preventable. But for now, there are thousands of families facing the daily task of managing diabetes. And it is not easy. The diagnosis brings the startling realization that your child's life will be dramatically altered, and even your family's life will never be the same. In time the routine will become easier. But the haunting questions of why and how, the frustrating times of juggling the multiple components that affect blood sugar, and the worry of the uncertain future will linger.
Facing these concerns alone is not necessary. Diabetes centers throughout the country are working to improve the lives of these children and adults with diabetes. I was lucky enough to begin a diabetes family camp in Maine in 1982. Over the years we have had parents, children, grandparents and significant others come together and share their deepest concerns. They have laughed and they have cried. Together we have learned and grown. With education, encouragement and mutual support these families have gained hope. I am very privileged to share this special story of families learning to deal with the challenges of diabetes.
Finally, I have been told often by families with diabetes that it would be very helpful if our larger community(schools, churches, community organizations, sports coaches, scouting clubs, etc.) would become more educated about the issues and struggles which these families and children face. Because this book is easy to read, I hope it will be read by this larger audience.
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Book Description Tiffin Pr of Maine, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110964601850