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The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes Paperback – December 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: SPI Management LLC (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780615170947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615170947
  • ASIN: 0615170943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Riva Greenberg is a recognized diabetes patient-expert, inspirational speaker, author, and health coach, who has lived successfully with type 1 diabetes for more than forty years.

Her latest book, "Diabetes Do's & How-To's," came from traveling across the country as a peer-mentor and seeing how confused and bereft they are of the essential actions to take - and how to take them - to live their healthiest life with diabetes.

Riva is a trusted KOL for pharmaceutical companies bringing the patient voice to health care, and an international speaker at conferences, health expos, hospitals and corporations. She is also transforming the way we live with chronic illness through workshops she conducts on "flourishing with chronic illness." "It is time flourishing enters the language of living with a chronic illness alongside coping." Riva also advises medical professionals on helping patients make behavior changes through a series of presentations called "Ask the Patient" on QuantiaMD.com.

Riva's three books create a trilogy, and the essential foundation one needs, from which to manage diabetes well. Her first book, "The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes" helps readers develop the emotional strength, stamina and flexibility to manage diabetes for the long haul. Her second book, "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It" gives readers the necessary information and understanding of what diabetes is and how it works. And this book, "Diabetes Do's & How-To's," helps readers work it, for their personal needs. Riva also writes on The Huffington Post and in 2011 SharecareNow cited Riva as number six among the Top Ten online diabetes influencers.

Riva is an advisory member of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Diabetes Advocates.

For more information visit her website Diabetes Stories.com; Twitter: @diabetesmyths

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We can't change having diabetes, but we sure can change our attitudes.
Heather Nielsen Clute
What I really enjoy about Riva's work is that she doesn't skimp on the mental aspects of living with diabetes.
Scott K. Johnson
I don't have diabetes, but I found this book to be humorous, informative and most of all, inspirational.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Tenderich on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful little ode to self-acceptance and motivation! Like a skilled quilter, Riva Greenberg has somehow managed to patch together poetry, self-help, and diabetes advice into an irresistible pattern. Some may find it sappy and old-fashioned, but isn't that exactly the charm of a well-made quilt? This book will refresh your diabetic spirit.

-- AmyT of [...]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Wedemeyer on August 17, 2012
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I wish I could say good things about this book. It is 64 pages long, and it's nice to look at. The illustrations appear on every other page, and they are cheerful and colorful. But...

The writing is so awkward that I cringed as I read it. Sentences and phrases are disjointed. Paragraphs do not flow one to another. The writing looks as if the author wrote this in a day or so and no one edited it for style. I have no problem with its intent; I love that she wants to pump up her readers. But...

Here's an example of a paragraph: "The world only reflects back to you how you see yourself. Therefore, see yourself as someone who can manage diabetes well. This is how you can create true magic in your life," or this one, "However, whether you have your faith turned on or not is another matter. You need to have faith, now, that you can meet the challenge of diabetes," or this one, "If you feel sad or overwhelmed at times having diabetes, acknowledge your feelings. Then remember that today you can live a full, rich and long life with diabetes. For that, you can thank your lucky stars!" Really?!

This kind of bizarre writing is the standard for this book. Affirmations in and of themselves are fairly useless, and any effects are short-lived. Reviewers have said it is refreshing and positive; well, it is beyond positive - it is unrealistic and requires readers who I assume the author is trying to encourage to make positive changes to generate light-year jumps in their behavior based on some simplistic pollyanna notions. In the pop psychology world, this kind of book is omnipresent. The self-esteem movement gave us tons of this type of material. I know the author is a Psychologist and diabetic, but that makes things even more strange.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miriam E. Tucker on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
With this small, adorably illustrated paperback, Riva Greenberg has created a joyful field guide for living with diabetes. You can't read it without feeling uplifted. For anyone struggling to cope with all the hassles of this disease, here's a prescription: Read this book, and repeat as often as necessary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on February 7, 2008
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Often times those of us with diabetes follow the rules of good diabetes care all the while gritting our teeth. We often put managing the disease before "loving" ourselves and become angry, stressed, and a real pain to others and to ourselves. Riva's book reminds us that we came first and that managing this disease should not crowd out the joy of living. Her warm and inviting illustrations bring a smile to the face and joy to the heart. Thank you, Riva
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Nielsen Clute on June 12, 2009
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Riva Greenberg knows all about living with diabetes after nearly 40 years and tens of thousands of blood sugar tests. Her "angle" on Loving ourselves with diabetes is refreshing and authentic precisely because Riva GETS IT. She is smart, witty, light-hearted without being "light," and utterly completely encouraging of each one of us who does this day in, day out, year in, year out. Without being unrealistic, she weaves goodness into each potential challenge or heartache. We can't change having diabetes, but we sure can change our attitudes. If "attitude determines our altitude," Riva is soaring above the mountaintops, looking down on us with a grin, her arms outstretched, inviting us all to join her in her perspective. Way to go, Riva!

I read a page or two each night that I'm needing a little boost, and -voila! - I feel better not just about my diabetes, but about myself.

What a gift!

Can hardly wait for the next book she's writing....
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