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Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter's Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything Hardcover – August 25, 2015
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"This book is much more than a heartwarming story about a triumphant little girl and her amazing dog. It's a book about never giving up hope."―Michael J. Fox, actor, producer, and activist
"ELLE & COACH is a must-read--not just for parents of children with chronic illnesses, but for any parent who's ever wished to make life easier for a child who is struggling with something daunting. As the mom of a son who faced multiple surgeries during his childhood, I was deeply moved by Elle's experiences--and inspired by the beacon of hope that her service dog provides. I have a feeling this book is going to change a lot of lives for the better."―Jodi Picoult, New York Times-bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Leaving Time
"In addition to being a great read, the story of ELLE & COACH will open eyes to the very real struggle of life with type 1 diabetes, and may well change the conversations we have about how to make lives better while we work toward better treatments and ultimately a cure."―Dean Kamen, Inventor and Founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation
The book will surely resonate with parents or caretakers of children living with any chronic health condition.―New Hampshire Magazine
About the Author
Stefany Shaheen has dedicated herself to making life better for people living with diabetes. A Harvard graduate, she launched a company to help those with chronic conditions better manage eating and exercise. She is on the Board of Trustees at Joslin Diabetes Center, served as the National Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children's Congress, and currently serves on the Foundation's Research and Advocacy Committee. She is a key spokesperson for her mother, Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator and former New Hampshire Governor, and currently serves on the City Council for the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she and her husband, Craig Welch, live with their four children.
Mark Dagostino is a New York Times bestselling co-author, and a former Senior Writer for People Magazine. He also lives in NH.
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This whole family and extended family was just amazing! Often times when a crisis hits a family, especially a child's illness, the family tends to fall apart. This family though just became stronger and closer.
I learned so much reading this book, much more than I ever imagined I would when I first started it. I had heard of dogs who could alert when someone was going to have a seizure but I had never heard of dogs who could alert to changes in blood sugar...with it either being too high or too low. I especially enjoyed hearing about the training that the dogs receive.
Elle's dog Coach is an amazing dog who was specially trained to alert to the changes in her blood sugar...often before she or her parents even knew her blood sugars were in the danger zone. The bond between Elle and Coach was simply amazing! Coach made such a difference in not only Elle's life but also ultimately in the life of the whole family. This is a book you will not regret reading.
This is a quote from the book that truly struck a chord with me and I think it is so very true!
"The fact is, sometimes our most difficult struggles in life lead us to the most amazing discoveries."
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I enjoyed it immensely as it kept me company on a recent flight with unexpectedly long layovers. This is a story I have known about for a long time.Read more