"This book should be in the hands of all who seek individual responsibility for their health." Wayne Andersen, MD, author of Dr. A's Habits of Health
, Medical Director of Medifast; and Co-Founder of Take Shape for Life.
"This incredible book can help change the lives of people with diabetes, and those who support them. This book is a powerful and helpful tool for clinicians in providing real strategies for empowering their patients to better manage their own disease." Dana McCormick, BS Pharm, RPh, Past Pres Amer Diabetes Assoc, North TX
"TED* for Diabetes
will take you on an inspiring journey of discovery and hope. This story is for anyone struggling to come to terms with diabetes. With a dash of humor the authors provide an easy recipe for living the life you always wanted - even with diabetes." Donald Altman, author, Eat, Savor, Satisfy: 12 Weeks to Mindful Eating
"A must read for anyone dealing with the challenges of diabetes and the health care providers who impact them every day. The TED* principles are simple tools that power empowerment!" Donna Rice, President, Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, Dallas, TX
"This book does an impressive job of offering a positive approach to managing not only diabetes, but any chronic medical challenge. Patients, their families, and their health care providers will all be grateful for this new perspective." Ann V. Deaton, PhD, PCC, Leadership Coach and Clinical Health Psychologist
Excerpt from the Introduction (by Dr Scott Conard)In writing this book
...It takes time for a person to step into a resourceful and empowered relationship with a chronic disease. David was no exception. His personal journey while writing this book parallels the fictional character of the story: The ups and downs, the breakthroughs - all which lead to the character's pursuits of his life purpose, and his experience of health and wellbeing.
It is in this spirit that David and I have written this book. If you have diabetes or another chronic condition, we hope that you too will experience the power that TED* delivers in life.
As you take your Baby Steps and see the flow of your life continually improve, we hope you will share your success with others and let us know the vitality and joy that you experience.
Committed to your success,
Scott Conard, M.D.
Excerpts from the Afterword (by David Emerald) Meeting Dr. Scott Conard
Little did I know that this would be the first book in applying The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)
to various aspects of life. Indeed, little did I know that a few months after completing the writing of TED*
in late 2005, I would receive the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
While Joe is a fictional character, some of his experience is based upon my own. When my doctor - upon whom Joe's first doctor is not
based - first informed me of needing to confront diabetes, I initially rejected his suggestion of going on medication. I was convinced I could fight the disease through diet and exercise. I did, to a point (more on that in a moment).
In early 2007 I was invited to deliver one of the first TED* presentations and workshops to a leadership program in which one of the participants was Dr. Scott Conard. Participants in this graduate leadership program had been given The Power of TED*
in advance. I distinctly remember Scott telling me the positive impact the book had in his life and medical practice...My Relationship with My Diabetes
...I rode the roller coaster of results in the Victim Orientation. Diabetes was my Persecutor and I its Victim. For a time I would take focused action, the numbers would come down and - especially using the fact that I was taking medication as a Rescuer from the disease - I would slack off after seeing success. Of course, in slacking, the numbers would again increase. The good news is that they were still almost always "in range" for managing diabetes.
Then in early 2011, Donna (my wife and business partner) and I had an auspicious lunch conversation with Dr. Scott. About halfway through, he turned to me and asked, yet again, "When are we going to write that book on TED* and diabetes?" He then turned to Donna and said to her, "I have only been after him for years about this!"
To my own surprise I replied, "I'm ready. Let's do it."...
...But something else happened. As we began to write, I realized that I was out of integrity with my own work. The realization gnawed at me as I came to see how much the managing and relating to my diabetes was rooted in that Victim Orientation.
I declared to Donna that I needed to - that I chose
to - shift my focus to a Creator Orientation and that what I wanted was to create health in my life...This I know
...This book is not intended to be a "primer" on diabetes. There is plenty of good information available from a wide variety of resources on the medical science and physiology of diabetes.
In fact, I am not an expert in the science - not by a long shot. Dr. Scott and Roy (who is one of the most knowledgeable and "activated patients" you would ever know) are much more knowledgeable than me.
This I do know: by focusing on creating health, making healthy choices and taking daily Baby Steps, vitality and wellbeing are attainable. We may not be able to cure what ails us, but we can heal in remarkable ways.
To the Creator in you!