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"Islands and Insulin is probably the most entertaining diabetes book I've read to date..." 
     --Amy Tenderich, Founder and Editor of Diabetes Mine
 
"I read this entire book in one sitting, laughing at some parts, nodding my head in recognition at others, and just marveling at how much of the diabetes experience was captured."
     --Kerri Sparling, creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the most widely-read diabetes patient blogs
 
"It's an enjoyable mix of love, learning, diabetes, and adventure."
     --Scott Johnson, Diabetes Advocate, Writer, Speaker, Consultant at Scott's Diabetes

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The doctors warned her not to go...
After living with diabetes for years, Erin Spineto was quickly losing her sanity. Buried beneath blood tests, injections and medical devices to hold on to her wits, she needed a change to take back her life. But how?
   Erin loved sailing with every ounce of her being, but doctors told her years ago never to do it alone. It was far too dangerous. What if her blood sugars dropped while she was alone in the middle of the ocean far from help? What if seasickness caused her blood sugars to rise, slamming her into a diabetic coma and leaving her incapable of handling the boat?
 
...but it was a trip she had to make.
    In Islands and Insulin, Erin sails a 22 foot sailboat down the Florida Keys as she fights winds, currents and swells that threaten to capsize the boat. Join her on her journey to accepting diabetes as she navigates those tumultuous early years of adulthood and learns how valuable real friendships are in the battle against a chronic disease.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Peptide Publishing (January 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988206501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988206502
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erin Spineto leads a wonderful life... that diabetes happens to be a part of. "Islands and Insulin" is a story of a great life journey... that diabetes happens to be a part of. Erin communicates the adventures of living with diabetes like only a person with diabetes can, and she has found her unique and powerful voice in this tale of navigating the seas and a chronic disease with grace. Any reader of this diabetic sailor's memoir stands to learn a lot about the swells and tides of diabetes, life, and love. I raise a Diet Dr. Pepper in honor of Erin and her first must-read book.
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By the time I finished reading this book, I was thanking the heavens above, for the privilege of not being a diabetic. The author is on a heroic quest within these pages, and brings the secrets of living with this disease out of the closet -- honestly, lovingly, and still unafraid to share the dark side of what life can be like. I especially laud her for learning to balance her dreams, with a heavy dose of caution. Her adventurous spirit could have cost her life, and the loss to her family would have been unimaginable. A wife, mother, and a sailor, who has done it all! Great read! And you have my thanks, for inspiring the rest of us to live to the fullest, a day at a time..
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I am not diabetic but I know plenty who are and I thought I knew quite a bit about what they go through. I didn't. I was impressed, educated, and entertained throughout the book. That's no easy feat! I highly recommend this book to anyone, but for those diabetic or close to someone who is; it's a must-read!
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The cover photo is what first drew me to this book, and I enjoyed it from there to the end. As another T1D, it's always great to hear of other T1D's struggles and accomplishments, all of which I could relate to. I loved the honesty throughout the book- it makes Erin Spineto (Dr. Spineto!;-) very relatable and interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience!
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I loved this book. Although I am more of a bad diabetic, I could relate to so much of Erin's story. I have a women's diabetic support group that I go to and I am suggesting they all read it too!

Great pace, fantastic inner dialogue, and an inspiring tale of being just the right balance of strong and vulnerable.
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I chose to give this book 5 stars as it tells what to expect when you have the disease and will let others know what happens when you go out of what seems to be you and what causes it
I believe that those that even have the disease will learn something from this story.
The story of the sailboat was really great I could just see things happening.
Being a diabetic (type2) have had some of these experiences.
I would recommend this book to everyone .
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I liked this book for it's real life view of getting Type 1 diabetes and dealing with it on a day to day basis. It is a really crappy disease, and it is nice to hear others tell their stories about it. I sort of have a couple little problems with the book, though. I don't know why the author put in some rather personal complaints about one of her friends which have nothing to do with her main story. Also, she doesn't really talk about not meeting most of her goals in her sailing challenge. Other than these problems, I thought it was a good book, and worth reading for Type 1's and those who have to deal with someone with this disease.
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By Phil e on February 1, 2013
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As you know Bon voyage is a French phrase borrowed into English meaning, "Good trip", and typically translated as meaning "have a good trip". It can also refer to the party given for the person going away. Erin Spineto has written an fun "Good Trip" in this great tale of adventure that takes the reader to the edge as she independently goes where Dr's told her not to go! I applaud Erin's fierce independence and determination to thrive as a writer, sailor, adventurous risk-taker. Islands and Insulin: A Diabetic Sailor's Memoir is a must read for anyone interested in sailing, knowing more about life with type 1 diabetes. It is an excellent and fun read! Get reading, you won't be disappointed. Bon Voyage!
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