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"Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents, by the well-known sports news reporter Moira McCarthy, who is also the mother of a child with type 1 diabetes, is a wonderful resource for parents of adolescents with this condition. The book is written in a simple but captivating way, with hints from normal life situations mixed together with medical and technical concepts about diabetes….[McCarthy] offers great suggestions and strategies about how to deal with the many daily issues encountered by parents of teens with diabetes. Alongside tales from her personal experience are real-life stories from other parents, adolescents with diabetes, members of the medical staff, and other people working in the diabetes specialty….How can parents and other family members discern between mood swings due to hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia and those typical of an adolescent's behaviour? How should they deal with issues related to school, relationship with friends, days out, risk-taking behaviour, driving, or moving to college? The book offers very useful suggestions for each of these key issues….Overall, this book is a great guide for parents of adolescents with diabetes and for other family members, who will hopefully find answers and suggestions as to how to manage situations that might sometimes seem unbearable….Although difficult, McCarthy shows through her personal experience that it is possible to get through the “awful” teen years, and to help adolescents with diabetes to become healthy as adults."
-The Lancet

"Having a teen with raging hormones, a poorly developed frontal lobe, and diabetes is not for the weak. Moira McCarthy’s extremely thoughtful and timely book, written by a parent who has definitely been there, is a must-have. Don’t let your child enter puberty without it!"
- John Walsh, PA, CDTC, Co-author of Pumping Insulin and other books

"Moira brings out a raw account of the organized chaos of the teenage years living with T1D. You want to reach through the book and hug her for her honest reflection on some of the hardest times for not only a mother and daughter, but for an entire family accepting T1D into their homes"
- Regina Shirley RD, LDN

"Moira McCarthy shines a light to guide parents who love their teens with diabetes, but are frustrated anxious, and often constantly worried. These are parents who do not want to be fighting with their teen about diabetes management –yet the stakes are so high, and parents feel like they have failed and can’t seem to find the way to sustain their teen’s health as well as the family peace."
- Barbara J. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Head, Psychology Section, Baylor College of Medicine

"In this must-read Moira McCarthy distills her personal experience to share her story and perspective, and provide common-sense wisdom and guidance on the challenges faced by young adults and their parents during the challenging transition to independent self-care."
- Howard Wolpert, MD. Senior Physician, Section of Adult Diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center

“I recommend this book for parents and loved ones of teens with diabetes, and even for people newly diagnosed as it thoroughly explains about diabetes and treatment. It touches on insulin choices, explains CGMs and meters, and covers pumps vs. MDI treatment. McCarthy's ideas are sensible, thoughtful, and downright smart. I also really enjoyed her daughter's excerpts in the book and the addition of comments from many well-known bloggers and guest writers.”
- Meagan Esler, Diabetes Health

“In sixteen chapters, the book covers everything from the physiology of adolescence (hormones, growth spurts, mood swings) to a call for advocacy. It concludes with tips for sending one’s grown child off to college…All the details of this hands-on guide point to careful editing, professional reviewing, and a thoughtful, compassionate approach to the population and its unique problems."
- Barbara Bamberger Scott, ForeWord Reviews

"Whether you are currently the parent of a teenager with diabetes and you’re struggling, or you’re the parent of a pre-teen child and things are going perfectly, this book is an easy read and it’s filled with the wisdom and guidance that could help prevent diabetes from driving a wedge between you and your child and causing turmoil throughout the home."
- Ginger Vieira, Diabetes Daily

"If you are a parent of a teen, or soon will be, Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents should be on your "must read" list. Highly Recommended."
- Jeff Hitchcock, Children with Diabetes

"My son with diabetes is just a few months shy of 16. We are knee-deep into the teen years and tips for handling drinking, driving, and letting go are definitely all things that I welcome with open arms! ... If you have a teen with diabetes this book is for you. If you have a child who will grow up to be a teen with diabetes, keep this book around for later years. It will come in handy!"
- Barb Wagstaff, Diabetes Advocacy

"Adolescence can be particularly difficult time for diabetics because of the body's developing hormones, physical growth spurts, and inevitable mood swings all exacerbated when combined with blood sugar problems. Diabetic teen years presents parents with health problems that non-diabetic children are not heir to. "Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival guide for Parents", by diabetes mom, author, and advocate Moira McCarthy, is a compendium of 'real world' observations, advice, information, and encouragement that is exceptionally well written and presented. Very highly recommended, 'Raising Teens with Diabetes" should be required reading for the parents of diabetic teenagers and will prove to be a significant addition to community library Health, Medicine, and Parenting reference collections."
- The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Moira McCarthy is an acclaimed writer, author, and public speaker who has shared her story--and lessons--on raising a child with type 1 diabetes in the media, through books and on her popular blog, With over 15 years of experience raising a child with diabetes, McCarthy offers a frank, empowering perspective from a mother who has successfully weathered the teenage years and made it to the other side with a healthy, outstanding young adult..McCarthy has appeared on "CNN Live, Good Morning America, Fox News," and in "The New York Times." She was recently recognized as the JDRF International Volunteer of the Year. Her six books include the top-selling "Everything Parents Guide to Juvenile Diabetes."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Spry Publishing LLC (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938170202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938170201
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carole in DE on June 4, 2013
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As I read it, slowly, re-reading sections, thinking about the message and trying to absorb the wisdom from a mom who has been there, done that with her own teenager I often felt like a friend was chatting with me about my own teen and about how to communicate with him so that he will keep communicating with me. It seemed to me that throughout there is the message that we are here to help our teen find their wings and let them fly, while still staying safe with T1D, and yes that is a daunting task. Moira discusses these areas without being preachy, without a I-know-it-all attitude, but as suggestions, things to think about, things to try, and things to watch out for to help our teens stay safe and healthy. I've already incorporated Moira's approach of using positive words so the message is sent that my teen can be open and honest with me because I am here to help, not to find fault in his approach to caring for his health, but to be his support.
This is a book that should be read by every parent of a teen that is newly-diagnosed with T1D, and every parent to a pre-teen, and through the teen years. It's a book that I'll return and read again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By changint1d on June 10, 2013
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What a wonderfully worded book. Many topics I found myself nodding along happily because at last someone was speaking the same language. Others, I read intently because we haven't had to tackle those topics yet but it sure is wonderful to read the words from someone who has been there. All of us dealing with T1 juggle well. It is often frustrating to hear others from the non-T1 world pass along how we could do better. It is a refreshing bonus to hear what we are doing is so unique to our child yet similar in the manner that no matter how we "manage" the disease, at times it is just unmanageable. Having these words of wisdom for those days where the numbers decide to do something new is just great. Thank you for writing this book, its a great connection for those of us without a strong T1 community around us. Buy it, read it, share it with everyone you know touched by Type 1.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna on June 4, 2013
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As someone living with type I this book is a must read for parents! Even if your child was just diagnosed or was diagnosed 20 years ago and has already gone through the adolescent and teen years, it's good knowledge to have. She touches upon so many of the feelings parents go through and how teens really are just teens that just happen to have type I. A must read-easy read, and quite funny!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joan on June 6, 2013
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Moira McCarthy clearly gets it. She's a parent to a child with type 1 diabetes, and her book focuses on how to keep diabetes in check when going through the rough teenage years. She doesn't come off as the perfect d-mom - in fact, she describes, in detail, her issues with her daughter's burnout and her moments of frustration with diabetes and how she got through them.
Raising Teens with Diabetes is so thorough. While I was reading, I would find myself thinking of questions, and sure enough, the next chapter would deal with just what I was thinking of. Topics include how to write a 504 plan for public schools (and how to deal with the lack of 504 plans in college), suggestions on how to share logbooks and readings through apps and smartphones, ideas on transitioning teens into more independence (like sleepovers and school trips), how to parent children who don't have diabetes, and even super important, often-ignored issues like how diabetes interacts with sex, drinking, and even more serious issues like depression, eating disorders, and drugs. Moira gives great advice on how to involve family members: "Reach out to your family members and ask them what they fear, and then educate that fear right out of them."
Moira doesn't just write from her own perspective, either. She includes advice and insight on what it's like raising a teen with diabetes as a divorced parent, or as a person with T1 themselves. Plenty of others in the diabetes world have helpful sidebars, giving different perspectives, and her daughter has a few short essays, too.
She includes extra resources like a sample driving contract, lists of advocacy groups to get involved in, and websites of diabetes camps to check out that are super helpful, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2013
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Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents is a practical, informative guide to the teen years and Type 1 diabetes. As a former high school teacher, I appreciate the insight into the teen psyche and brain development...applicable to dealing with all teenagers, not just those with Type 1 diabetes. In fact, this book could work for teens with any issues....the advice is universal! As the mom of a 13 year old with Type 1, I like to be proactive and this book touches on subjects that I know we will encounter over the next 5 years....I have a feeling it will earn a place of residence on my bedside table.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Huckabay on June 12, 2013
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If you are the parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes then Raising Teens with Diabetes is a MUST in your library. This book covers every part of parenting a teen that some of us have not even thought about yet. My daughter is only 8 years old so we are several years away from teenhood but there are so many great pieces of advice that can be used with children of every age group not just teens. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!
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