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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Peptide Publishing (January 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988206501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988206502
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Islands and Insulin is probably the most entertaining diabetes book I've read to date..." 
     --Amy Tenderich, Founder and Editor of Diabetes Mine
 
"I read this entire book in one sitting, laughing at some parts, nodding my head in recognition at others, and just marveling at how much of the diabetes experience was captured."
     --Kerri Sparling, creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the most widely-read diabetes patient blogs
 
"It's an enjoyable mix of love, learning, diabetes, and adventure."
     --Scott Johnson, Diabetes Advocate, Writer, Speaker, Consultant at Scott's Diabetes

From the Back Cover

The doctors warned her not to go...
After living with diabetes for years, Erin Spineto was quickly losing her sanity. Buried beneath blood tests, injections and medical devices to hold on to her wits, she needed a change to take back her life. But how?
   Erin loved sailing with every ounce of her being, but doctors told her years ago never to do it alone. It was far too dangerous. What if her blood sugars dropped while she was alone in the middle of the ocean far from help? What if seasickness caused her blood sugars to rise, slamming her into a diabetic coma and leaving her incapable of handling the boat?
 
...but it was a trip she had to make.
    In Islands and Insulin, Erin sails a 22 foot sailboat down the Florida Keys as she fights winds, currents and swells that threaten to capsize the boat. Join her on her journey to accepting diabetes as she navigates those tumultuous early years of adulthood and learns how valuable real friendships are in the battle against a chronic disease.
 

More About the Author

Erin Spineto, a UC San Diego graduate and science teacher, works with non-profit Insulindependence in her quest to inspire fellow Type I diabetics to overcome limitations. Determined to challenge herself as a Type I diabetic, she chronicles her solo sailing adventures and the ups and downs of life as a diabetic. She and her husband, Tony, live in San Diego, California with their two children.

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Erin Spineto leads a wonderful life... that diabetes happens to be a part of.
Nate
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but for those diabetic or close to someone who is; it's a must-read!
Eric Goranson
The cover photo is what first drew me to this book, and I enjoyed it from there to the end.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nate on April 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Erin Spineto leads a wonderful life... that diabetes happens to be a part of. "Islands and Insulin" is a story of a great life journey... that diabetes happens to be a part of. Erin communicates the adventures of living with diabetes like only a person with diabetes can, and she has found her unique and powerful voice in this tale of navigating the seas and a chronic disease with grace. Any reader of this diabetic sailor's memoir stands to learn a lot about the swells and tides of diabetes, life, and love. I raise a Diet Dr. Pepper in honor of Erin and her first must-read book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Goranson on August 20, 2013
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I am not diabetic but I know plenty who are and I thought I knew quite a bit about what they go through. I didn't. I was impressed, educated, and entertained throughout the book. That's no easy feat! I highly recommend this book to anyone, but for those diabetic or close to someone who is; it's a must-read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rubio on June 18, 2013
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The cover photo is what first drew me to this book, and I enjoyed it from there to the end. As another T1D, it's always great to hear of other T1D's struggles and accomplishments, all of which I could relate to. I loved the honesty throughout the book- it makes Erin Spineto (Dr. Spineto!;-) very relatable and interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberts on June 21, 2014
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By the time I finished reading this book, I was thanking the heavens above, for the privilege of not being a diabetic. The author is on a heroic quest within these pages, and brings the secrets of living with this disease out of the closet -- honestly, lovingly, and still unafraid to share the dark side of what life can be like. I especially laud her for learning to balance her dreams, with a heavy dose of caution. Her adventurous spirit could have cost her life, and the loss to her family would have been unimaginable. A wife, mother, and a sailor, who has done it all! Great read! And you have my thanks, for inspiring the rest of us to live to the fullest, a day at a time..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By h alexander on May 7, 2014
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This book was a great read. I have been a diabetic for 23 years and a book lover just as long. I read 2-3 books a week and I couldn't put this one down. A must read for anyone who has encountered diabetes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige on August 29, 2013
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I bought this after reading 'Shot!' (another must read for PWDs) and shared the story with my 9 yo T1D as an inspiration. What an accomplishment and triumph (and shot of humility).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diabetesismybitch on March 29, 2013
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Islands and Insulin is so fantastic even people who can't relate well will enjoy this book! She explains in such detail her struggles and how she over comes them. I enjoyed this book so much I had to read it twice, and reading it twice really made a huge difference because I really really thought about what she was writing. I would hope to meet the author some day because she is very inspiring.

~Claire
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By conrad on February 12, 2013
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Not only is this book a great inspirational struggle about a girl and her struggle with diabetes during this sailing trip, but it also was flashing back to her childhood and dealing with diabetes. I really liked the way the book was written and painted the story. It was flashing back and forth and this made for an enjoyable read. I think anybody growing up with diabetes and struggles, will find some good powerful messages in this book. I know I will keep my copy and buy another to pass on to some young type1 diabetic person.
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