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Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes Paperback – January 15, 2013
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''The author's transparency into her own story of diabetes is courageous and informative. This memoir is a moving read that will appeal to young women and diabetes sufferers alike.''
''. . . hands-down the most 'relatable' book about life with diabetes I've ever read.''
--Amy Tenderich, Diabetes Mine
''Amy Ryan really understands what it takes to manage this relentless disease. Her view into type 1 diabetes is personal, frank, memorable and right on target.''
--William V. Tamborlane, MD, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Yale School of Medicine
Shot is a heartfelt and moving tale about real life with type 1 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, or care about someone who does, you'll love this book, and benefit from the love, aggravation and wisdom in Amy Ryan's story.''
--William H. Polonsky, Behavioral Diabetes Institute
''The book took me back to my early days when I was first diagnosed, which were good to remember; I could see how far I've come and how successful I am now. Shot is a realistic portrayal of first being diagnosed with diabetes, finding your way and learning how to tame it, remembering that along with glucose tabs, Amy's last message of hope that should also be our constant companion.''
--Riva Greenberg, A1c Champion, diabetesstories.com
''Amy Ryan's important new book tells the truth about living with type 1 diabetes; the tears and fears, but also the inspiration and courage to overcome. If you've ever wished you could find someone who totally understands what you're going through with this disease, Amy will be like a new best friend.''
--Dan Hurley, award-winning journalist and author of Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It --Book Reviews
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This book proves quite clearly what a misconception that is. Ms. Ryan's story illustrates just how serious Type 1 diabetes is, with potentially life-threatening, and often unpredictably-timed, consequences. But setting the medical info aside, to me, the greater benefit of the book is to show the extent to which the disease pervades a patient's daily life -- how exhausting it would be, mentally and physically, to have to prick your finger and check your glucose level 10-15 times per day, and then to have to inject yourself with the right amount of insulin at each time; how day in and day out it never changes. Fifteen years after diagnosis, the patient is not only "shot" with medication, but mentally "shot" too. It was, for me at least, a real eye-opener about life with a chronic condition.
The book is not at all negative or depressing, though. By contrast, Ms. Ryan tells her story with good humor and even joy (at times!). She's not embarassed to share the good or the bad and puts a very human face on the disease. One of my favorite parts of the book is when she discusses her decision to convert to an insulin pump, and shares her very real (but something I wouldn't have thought of) concerns about how it could affect intimacy in her marriage! Her experiences with pregnancy were also eye-opening for someone whose only experience with a diabetic pregnancy is "Steel Magnolias" and a gestational diabetes glucose test.Read more ›
I cried when reading this book. I laughed - a lot. I nodded along. I do struggle with other, unrelated chronic health issues - and so I 'recognized' many of the challenges the author describes so vividly: our sometimes-ludicrous medical system; the struggle with whether, and when, to identify yourself as 'disabled'; the tension between independence and relying on others in times of crisis; the issue of when to tell your friends and co-workers about your condition (and how to deal with their reactions); the tricky, and sometimes terrifying decisions about treatment; and above all, the challenge of holding on to your humanity, even in those moments when your 'condition' feels like it's going to overwhelm you.
Ms. Ryan tells the story of her own navigation through these waters with remarkable detail, from diagnosis to daily regime, from pregnancy to the insulin pump. Yet somehow - even when describing really tough things - she always seems to lift the reader up, never to weigh them down.
Buy this book. If you have diabetes, or if you know someone who does; if you struggle with other health issues, or if you know someone who does; or if you just want to read a great story - buy this book.
I highly recommend it for everyone who knows or has T1 diabetes. For family and friends of diabetics it's an amazing story, approachably written, where you can actually feel the anxiety and depression she felt going through it. The only other way to get this insight is to have the disease itself.
For diabetics I recommend it as well just to know you're not alone out there with all your frustrations, anger, anxieties, and trials. My girlfriend and I settled in for the evening and she read through the first few chapters. When she put the book down she started crying as she remembered her own diagnosis and the bewildering world she entered. I think it had a cathartic effect on her as we spent the next hour talking about it.
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This was an amazing book. Especially if you have or love someone with Type 1. I don't think many writers capture the audience and meaning like Amy does. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clara Bearsby
I too, was diagnosed with type one diabetes as an adult (age 47). Amy Ryan absolutely nailed it, describing the fears, frustrations, and the daily grind of having type one diabetes... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Well written, by telling her story she gave good insight into the life of diabetics. Not overly long, good length.Published on February 5, 2014 by andy bortel
just diagnosed last week…this book was a great first read to ease my fears as I transition to a new life.Published on January 5, 2014 by Melanie K Marshall
This is a wonderful book for my family and friends to read so they can have a better insight into the life of a type 1 diabetic. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Diane Kordash
The author tells her story with true grit & grace. She leaves the reader with a sense of hope through the examples in her life of how she overcame t he obstacles that diabetes put... Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Sandy Brooks
This is a quick read, and the author captivates you in the first few pages. Her intimate depiction of life with diabetes is honest, courageous, heart-wrenching and even funny at... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by adam scheinman
This book is fantastic. I read it in just a few days because it was so hard to put down. Without having type I diabetes myself, my understanding of the disease was not complete. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by kristenleigh14