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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1ST edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312610238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312610234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for NOT DEAD YET:

“Phil Southerland's autobiography is an inspirational coming-of-age memoir about a type 1 baby who wasn't supposed to live…  It's an engrossing book, a sports adventure story with a medical subplot and a roster of dynamic characters, the most dynamic of whom is Phil himself.  If we could harness his energy, our dependence on foreign oil would be a thing of the past… It's not only a memoir of diabetes and an inside look at the world of professional bike racing, but also a story of tigerish determination and the utter resolve to never give up, to win against all odds.” –Diabetes Health

“This book is a must read for all of us with type 1 diabetes and for our support team of family and friends as well. Phil Southerland's account of his battle with diabetes and triumph over it seeks to and succeeds at being an educational and inspirational guide for reaching the full potential that exists in all of us.” -- Showbusiness legend and New York Times bestselling author of Growing Up Again Mary Tyler Moore

“Phil’s story reinforces my belief that parenting diabetic kids isn’t about numbers. It is about the values that make for creative, active, useful, participant [sic] in life…. One of my favorite lines from the book anticipates being less than perfect. It is brilliant, sage and simple advice, “A key part of being a diabetic is choosing trustworthy friends, reliable friends that you can depend on in a crisis.” I submit that is equally true if you take out ‘being a diabetic’ and insert ‘life’ but possibly more true for diabetics.  I think that a similar substitution is true of the book as a whole. It isn’t about diabetes it is about life. As such Not Dead Yet is great read for anyone whether they live with diabetes or not…. A great ride. I recommend it highly.” --www.ydmv.net

"Not Dead Yet is an uplifting and incredibly true adventure of a young man who beats the odds. Phil Southerland is an inspiration to those who live and struggle with diabetes as well as any individual who faces seemingly unsurmountable challenges.” –Steve Edelman, MD, University of California-San Diego, Founder and Director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes

“A very good read.” --kellywpa.wordpress.com

“Phil’s warm heart comes through particularly strong when he introduces the reader to adults who entered his life and served as role models and supports to both he and his mother. Phil notes, it took a village to raise him… Phil is already a diabetes champion in many senses of the word!” --www.hopewarshaw.com

“Phil Southerland has guts…. Although he had the maturity and fortitude to realize that his health is his No. 1 priority early on in life, he has had to work very hard to get where he is. He continues to work hard to achieve his goals, no matter what gets in his way. We give this book two thumbs up! Or two legs pumping, as it were.” --www.diabetesmine.com

"My favorite diabetes book I've read in a long time! For starters, Phil is beyond inspiring before you read the book. But within a few pages, any level of admiration and respect you feel for the guy goes several notches... This is a guy who is charming as he is humble (and humbling). But it's not just his personal story of diabetes and love of sports... It's how he leads Team Type 1 (and Team Type 2) into bigger and more ambitious goals to prove that life with diabetes is no reason for us to not catch our dreams." --tudiabetes.org

About the Author

PHIL SOUTHERLAND is the founder of Team Type 1, a team of championship bike racers. He and Team Type 1 have been profiled in numerous cycling and diabetes publications, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He lives in Atlanta, where Team Type 1 is based. Visit him online at www.teamtype1.org.

JOHN HANC teaches writing and journalism at the New York Institute of Technology. He is a long time contributor to Newsday and a contributing editor to Runner’s World magazine, as well as the author of The Coolest Race on Earth. He lives with his wife and son in Farmingdale, New York.


More About the Author

Phil Southerland, founder and CEO of Team Type 1, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 7 months old. Doctors told his mother he would probably go blind, suffer organ failure, lose a foot or a leg to amputation, and likely not live past the age of 25.

Now 29 and actively in control of his A1C through diet, exercise and a disciplined insulin regimen, Southerland respectfully wishes to remind his doctors that he is not dead yet.

With the 101 athletes and 35 staff at Team Type 1, Southerland is working to change the way the world looks at and deals with diabetes. The athletes ride, run, and swim to win and spread a simple message - a message Phil and his friend Joe Eldridge set as a goal in 2004 when they created Team Type 1.

The mission of Team Type 1 is to instill hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes that with appropriate diet, exercise, treatment, and technology anyone with diabetes can achieve their dreams.

In 2011, Team Type 1 is seven competitive squads of athletes, including a 21-member professional men's team racing around the world with athletes from 11 countries.

With a successful Spring cycling campaign now in progress, Team Type 1 is well on its way to achieving the next goal - to race in the Tour de France in 2012.

Under Phil's direction, Team Type 1 and the International Diabetes Federation are now partners in bringing donated supplies to children with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda. Last November, as Team Type 1 raced in the hilly 9-stage Tour of Rwanda, Phil presented the Rwanda Diabetes Association with more than 35,000 test strips and 400 blood glucose meters, all donated by fans and supporters of Team Type 1.

Phil returned to Kigali in early 2011to follow up and meet with more than a dozen representatives from the Rwanda Ministry of Health, Rwanda Diabetes Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Embassy, and the University of Pittsburgh.

At the February round-table in Kigali, Phil laid out a two-pronged medical education platform that will train regional doctors and nurses on diabetes detection and treatment, and go on to inform patients of the availability of donated supplies, equipment and assistance.

Phil's goal is to set up a delivery protocol for more than 350,000 donated test strips this year in Rwanda, ensuring that all diabetics have the supplies they need to manage and control their disease.

Phil has also sought out endocrinologists Dr. Juan P. Frias and Dr. Bruce Bode to create and launch a diabetes research platform. With the top doctors in the world, the Team Type 1 Sports Research Institute will evaluate diabetic athletic performance to examine disease management and its control in high-level competition.

At 7 months old, Phil's future was uncertain. After 29 years of appropriate diabetes management, exercise, the right technology and a healthy lifestyle, Phil Southerland wakes up every day to share his experience and remind his doctors that he is not dead yet.

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Phil tells an engaging & often witty story.
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I finished the book pretty quickly and read the last 25% in one sitting.
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I am a Type 1 diabetic and I am inspired by this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben Efting on May 20, 2011
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I am a Type 1 diabetic and I am inspired by this book. I just finished the book yesterday on my lunch break and have thought for a bit on what I liked most about the book. The book is not just about success, it's about the journey on the way to success, in both managing diabetes (D as I like to call it or THE D) and in the career of a cyclist. It's also about growing up with D and growing up in general.

To be diagnosed at 7 months of age in the 1980s was like a death sentence, but Phil's mother would have none of it. She is inspirational herself and instilled in her son a sense of accountability that has helped him become the inspiration he is today.

I could not get to bed on time every night because I just wanted to finish "one more chapter". This book is a story that will have you crying at moments and laughing out loud at others. It is a testament to the human spirit and truly stirs your soul. It is absolutely amazing that someone can go through so much so soon.

If you are a parent with a diabetic child, you should read this book. If you are a person with D, you should read this book. If you are a person who knows somebody with D, you should read this book. If you are a person, you should read this book.

Phil, you and your mother are both inspiring. I'm looking forward to seeing a diabetic in the Tour de France. GO TEAM TYPE 1!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kaye on June 5, 2011
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Just finished this book and found it to be hard to put down and even harder to stop thinking about. Phil Southerland has written a book that will inspire everyone - from Type 1 diabetics to healthy people struggling with challenges of all types. Even though I know nothing about cycling, I found the preparation and descriptions of competitions fascinating.

I work with people affected by Type 1 - the kids and their families, and I am Type 1 myself. It's a never ending battle, but when you read about how valiantly this family fought against the odds and how Phil is succeeding in the fight, you realize that you, too, can keep testing - one strip at a time - and take the 7 steps to a better, healthier future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 9, 2011
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I am the mother of a 4-year old child with Type-1 diabetes, so it was a no-brainer to pick up this book. It was inspiring and filled me with so much hope for my own son. Phil tells the truth - the good, the bad and the ugly - but he is alive (his doctors said he wouldn't be) and thriving! I think this should be required reading for new diagnoses and especially their parents. The first few months are so devastating after a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis and I feel like this book truly proves that a person with Type-1 can do anything!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda F. Bell on June 29, 2011
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Growing up with type 1 diabetes is never easy -- nor is having a child with type 1 diabetes, or even worse, being a single parent whose child has type 1 diabetes. Phil Southerland writes about the obstacles he and his mother had to overcome during his childhood and adolescence, his introduction to the world of competitive cycling, and the origins of what is now the Team Type 1 organization ([...]), whose most-recognizable face is the Team Type 1 - sanofi-aventis Professional Continental bicycling team.

The memoir is very readable; the style is straightforward and almost conversational. Phil doesn't pull any punches when it comes to summer jobs, years of sleeping in seedy motels and barely being able to scrape together dinner money after losing a race, and dealing with rejection while trying to form Team Type 1's original Race Across America squad.

I've written more about the book from a diabetes-management perspective over on my dLife blog here: [...].
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Rose on May 2, 2012
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I am a type 1 diabetic since 1998 and have read a few books on diabetes. This book isn't a technical book that explains diabetes in any way. I really enjoyed learning more about Phil who I've talked to on the phone and have grown to really respect.

I finished the book pretty quickly and read the last 25% in one sitting. While reading the last part of the book I found myself pretty emotional because I could relate to Phil and the amount of things in life he has overcome.

Phil has built a small empire to help bring Type 1 and now Type 2 diabetes to the front of the pack and show that those with diabetes CAN be elite athletes and win.

I highly recommend this book and guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Wicker on November 26, 2011
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My Shop Outback Bikes was a sponsor of Phil's team in 2007 along with Specialized bikes when they crushed the cross-country Race Across America record. I loved the inside look at Phil's life and his battle on the bike. I found this book to not only appeal and raise awareness about diabetes but truly it portrays the hardships of being a pro cyclist in the world of sports where baseball and football earn high salaries pro cyclists risk life and limb for very little reward. Phil opens his heart for the world to see. I loved this book and hope you do too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zoe on December 4, 2011
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This book is a must for anyone who knows a Type 1 Diabetic. I both know a Type 1 & follow pro cycling, so i enjoyed this book a lot. I will be buying more copies to give as gifts.

An inspiring story to reinforce the idea that a diabetic can do anything they want with their life & should never hold back or let others use it as an excuse.
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