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A Life of Control: Stories of Living with Diabetes Paperback – September 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0826517333 ISBN-10: 0826517331 Edition: 1 Original

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Medical practitioners and co-workers Graber, Brown, and Wolff present an inspiring compilation. Stories by and about patients meld with comments from the care team, offering specifics about diabetes and treatment; readers will learn facts about gestational diabetes, how stress impacts glucose levels, and more. From a patient's letter about wishing for a day off from diabetes, to stories about patients dealing with the possibility of diabetes-induced birth defects, or treating the condition in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the authors humanize the epidemic while also setting an example for empathy in the patient-practitioner relationship. Readers will find the many faces of diabetes, as well as the dedication required to maintain a healthy diabetic life, to be astonishing. The medical team has seen substantial improvement in diabetes treatment protocols over the years; current techniques include insulin pumps, continuous monitoring, and service dogs that can diagnose blood sugar levels by smell. The authors conclude with a summary of screening and treatment recommendations. A Life of Control will greatly interest not only those with Type I or Type II Diabetes, but their family members, physicians, and clinicians.
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"A Life of Control will greatly interest not only those with Type I or Type II Diabetes, but their family members, physicians, and clinicians."
--Publishers Weekly

Named a "Best Consumer Health Book of 2010" by Library Journal

"..if you or someone you know is struggling to find camaraderie during a particularly troubling time with their diabetes, this might be a perfect gift."
--diabetesmine.com

"One of the largest challenges people living with diabetes face is taking care of themselves on a day-to-day basis, which means assuming responsibility that, in many other cases, is left up to the doctor. A Life of Control depicts 40 years of diabetic patients' stories through the narration of the doctor and nurse practitioners who collected them, acknowledging the often complicated relationship between people living with diabetes and their doctors. A cleverly organized group of stories, which reveals the difficulties, both physical and emotional, that come along with diabetes, but leaves the reader feeling confident about taking control."
--Steven Edelman, MD, Founder and Director, Taking Control of Your Diabetes, Del Mar, California

"Dr. Graber and his team share a collection of stories that not only educate but motivate. As a healthcare professional with diabetes I have learned most of the really important lessons about control from my patients. These stories are very engaging and you will find this book both enlightening and inspirational."
--Virginia Valentine, certified diabetes educator; co-author of Diabetes Type 2 and What to Do (1994 & 2000) and Diabetes--The New Type 2 (2008); former member of board of directors of American Diabetes Association

"This is a unique and well written volume describing personal experiences with diabetes of those who have it, their families and their providers of medical care. It yields valuable insights that will help with the issues for everyone who has to deal with this challenging disease."
--Mayer Davidson, MD, Director of the Clinical Center of Research Excellence at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, past president of the American Diabetes Association, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Diabetes

"With health care reform on the horizon and the cost of managing chronic disease impacting our economy, the doctor-patient relationship is often quantified in merely economic terms. Through personal stories about living with diabetes, Graber's patients show 'control' is more than insulin, blood sugar testing, and managing one's diet, and a successful doctor-patient relationship is a lot more than what's reflected by billing procedure codes."
--Kim Emmons-Benjet, mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes and blogger for Healthcentral.com

"In these touching stories, you will hear real-life tales that are funny, sad, life-affirming, aggravating and more. Read this and realize that you are not alone."
--William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press; 1 Original edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826517331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826517333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fern on January 22, 2011
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This is a unique book on diabetes, revealing the many ways in which the notion of control plays out in the lives of people with diabetes and those that love and care for them. Whether you are a person with diabetes, a family member, of a health care provider, "A Life of Control" teaches valuable lessons inspiring and motivating along the way. These authors use personal stories from their practice as diabetes care providers to help the reader better understand the meaning of the diabetes experience. A poignant narrative told by the wife of someone who struggled with hypoglycemic episodes shares her fear that when, for example, her husband is late getting home from work, she worries that he's had another episode. "If you don't call me, and I can't reach you, you know what happens in my mind," she says. She urges family members to be candid with one another, and her story reveals how she and her husband have worked out a system to cope with his hypoglycemic episodes. Another inspiring story tells of a man's (successful) effort to have his health care insurance pay for a new insulin pump. Titled "Warrior Mode," this is an encouraging story of determination and collaboration. It is followed by a transcript of an interview with a business executive who has employed workers with diabetes. He has very practical advice on how best to approach employment when someone has diabetes. After you've mastered the textbook or self-care manual on diabetes, "A Life of Control" will offer you a great perspective on the many ways in which control is nuanced and coped with in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. I highly recommend it.
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By Frank R. Freemon on March 4, 2011
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This book contains a series of vignettes concerning patients with diabetes mellitus. I am a doctor who has practiced for 40 years but I learned a great deal about the treatment of diabetes from this book. More important than information, however, is the value of how different people adapt to the problems of this complex disease with its complex treatment. If you have diabetes or have a friend whose life seems constricted by diabetes, read this book carefully.
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