- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: Peridot Productions (November 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780965561938
- ISBN-13: 978-0965561938
- ASIN: 0965561933
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes Paperback – November 7, 2014
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From the Author
When your child is newly diagnosed with diabetes, you experience shock, fear, and sadness. You can hardly breathe, let alone comprehend what the doctor is telling you. Disbelief is what you feel at first... "I really didn't hear diabetes, the lab must have made a mistake," echoes in your brain. Then, you think... "How am I going take care of my child? I am so afraid that if I make a mistake I could kill him/her. How will I be able to handle all the changes in our lives? My beautiful, healthy child has a life-threatening disease... How could this have happened? What do I do next? Whom do I call?"
These are just some of the significant queries that are thrown from your brain, as if they were crushed boulders flung from a catapult. Your heart heaves like a treasure chest thrown overboard during a furious storm, which begins tumbling through murky water toward the bottom of the sea, not knowing where or when it will come to a peaceful resting place.
I can only speak from my experience and what other parents have shared with me. Of course, I had a tremendous advantage, our son Joshua was 15 years old and we were able to communicate about what we were thinking and feeling. However, for so many parents who have younger children, like my neighbors Ellen and Jimmy Day, their children cannot. Families need a resource they can use in the middle of the night, when they are waiting for a doctor's appointment, and/or attempting to explain diabetes and their new management routine to friends, family members, and teachers.
When you and your child are suddenly initiated into the world of diabetes, you are in survival mode. You have urgent health issues and diabetes management becomes your priority.
You also want to learn as much as possible about caring for your child. That learning process probably includes researching diabetes articles online and finding books about diabetes online or at your local bookstore or library.
I am confident that providing children and their families with "Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes" will immediately offer them comfort, education, and encouragement during the initial moments and months of confusion, inexperience, and distress.
I wrote "Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes" to share my family's experiences and offer readers comfort and education while dealing with the challenges of diabetes. I am committed to helping children and their families understand and manage the "highs and lows" of living with diabetes.
My vision is to assure and encourage children diagnosed with diabetes that they are not alone; they have a "Purr-fect Pal" who knows exactly how they feel. The foundation for "Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes" is the true-life experiences of our son Joshua, who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when he was fifteen years old, and his cat, Luke Skywalker, who was diagnosed when he was thirteen years old. In my story, "Jack" and "Sky" demonstrate a unique relationship because they share many of the same challenges with "purr-fect" understanding for one another.
My mission is to ensure that every child diagnosed with diabetes will enjoy reading
"Purr-fect Pals" and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle from Jack's and Sky's experiences:
* Manage the physical and emotional aspects of diabetes
* Develop a strong sense of self-esteem and self-caring
* Feel love, acceptance, and support from others, express themselves, and communicate with others about their concerns
* Identify and relate to emotions such as happy, sad, loved, scared, angry, shy, ashamed, confused, and proud
* Understand and accept new ideas because they have related to and connected with Jack and Sky
* Feel secure knowing they are not alone
I hope my book will offer children and their families comfort, courage for the changes and challenges, and clarity about new, overwhelming, or sophisticated issues, in an uncomplicated and entertaining format.
"Purr-fect Pals" is designed to make it easy and enjoyable for readers and listeners to:
* Find comfort from the storyline and learn more about diabetes
* Color the black and white illustrations and give children the opportunity to personalize the "Kid," the "Cat," and the other story characters to look more like themselves and their family members.
* Use the Reader and Listener Guide to share how they feel about the story and characters, and talk about how they can apply to their lives what they learned
* Discover helpful hints in the Sick Day Box section
* Engage in entertaining and educational Fill-in-the-Blank word games
* Read the "Kids' Encouraging Messages" and the "Mom's" and "Parents' Comfort Companion Stories" to ease the journey with diabetes
It gives me peace of mind to know that I have offered you a tool to help you live with and manage the challenges of diabetes. I hope someday this book will be obsolete because a cure for diabetes has been discovered. Until that time, ALL the proceeds from the sale of "Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes" will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure for diabetes!
From the Inside Flap
Joshua Glazov, who has demonstrated how to live an accomplished life with the "highs and lows" of Type 1 Diabetes.
Sally Robinson and Sue Cody, both registered nurses, and Libby Gant, a registered dietician, who were Joshua's first phenomenal certified diabetes educators.
Joyce Bourdeau, of blessed memory, who was my first "Purr-fect Pal."
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Another book which you've written that I thoroughly enjoyed!
The book made me smile all the way through.
If I had this book when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in September 1960, it would have made my life and my mother's a whole lot smoother.
The many messages in this book hit home with me and I know it will help countless others.
Marc H. Blatstein
The important thing is that Diabetes is not a disability. The diabetic can lead an almost-normal life, and with a benefit, it will be a more controlled and regimented life. Even though Diabetes may not be in your family, chances are you'll have a friend that can benefit by your newly-aquired understanding of this disease.
The "Author's Message" sets an incredible mood for the publication.
Passion is in every phrase!!
In this book, there truly exists a "compass of care" for parents and caretakers alike embarking on the journey of having a loved one afflicted with Diabetes.