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"We can't think of a better researched guide to the nuanced life of a woman with diabetes than Amy Stockwell Mercer's new book The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes."-DiabetesMine

"This is not a very large book, but I was surprised how complete and comprehensive it is. It feels as if you are chatting with a group of friends who truly understand what it is like to live as a woman with diabetes and it does not get boring or become a chore to read. I highly recommend this one."-Elizabeth Woolley, about.com Type 2 Diabetes Guide

" Imparting critical information for diabetic women in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling life, Mercer covers a range of topics, including finding the right medical team, gaining control through information and communication, managing adolescence, diet, and exercise. Special attention is given to eating disorders and body image; dating, sex, and marriage; pregnancy and motherhood; and telling others about one's condition. An excellent resource for those seeking information about the impact of diabetes on women's lives; the many personal stories lend warmth and accessibility."-Library Journal

"Well worth a look it presents a wide variety of experiences, viewpoints and approaches to diabetes management. This is the greatest strength of this book, making it of most use to recently diagnosed women (whatever stage of life they may be) who are trying to navigate unfamiliar thoughts, feelings and concerns about themselves, their health and their safety."-Emily Coles, tu diabetes

"Amy Stockwell Mercer calls her new book, The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes, a labor of love. It's the result of interviews with scores of women from all walks of life. And it covers aspects of women's lives ranging from eating to dating to raising children, all while coping with diabetes."-Diabetes Forecast

"No matter what stage of life you are in, if you are a woman with diabetes, this book will help you navigate each stage with sound, practical advice from your peers with diabetes. If you are like me and you spent many years dreaming of having a friend with diabetes to talk to or relate to, this book will be your 'ultimate girlfriend with diabetes."-From the Foreword by Brandy Barnes, Founder/CEO, DiabetesSisters

"Amy's book covers every aspect of being female and living with diabetes, beginning with a diagnosis at any age. She covers schooling, relationships, exercising, eating, traveling, pregnancy, parenting, menopause, and more. This great guide is packed with solid wisdom, advice, and guidance that will help any woman with this condition live a happier and healthier life."-Cheryl Alkon, Author, Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

"Having had type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years and having written 2 books on the subject, I enjoyed reading Amy Mercer's book very much. It is well written and covers every aspect of living with diabetes across the life span from a woman's perspective. I especially liked the chapters on diagnosis, pregnancy, travel, and aging gracefully. It is worth reading for women living with diabetes at whatever stage in life they are and for the family and friends who love them."-Rita G. Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE, Author, What Nurses Know Diabetes and Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management

"This book covers issues from initial diagnosis of diabetes through the various life stages and social issues women face. Because it is written from the perspective of women who have gone through the experience of living with diabetes, it has valuable insights into the unique needs of women with diabetes. The book is well written and provides credible and helpful information for women with diabetes. It addresses both physical and emotional --Elizabeth Woolley, about.com

About the Author

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer in Charleston, SC. She graduated with her MFA in creative writing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Her writing has appeared in Charleston Magazine, skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, Cup of Comfort For Writers, Chicken Soup for the Power Mom's Soul, Art Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Style and Design, Diabetes Health, and Diabetes Forecast.  Amy has lived with type 1 Diabetes for 25 years and blogs about living with diabetes at A Sweet Life. Read more of her writing at amystockwellmercer.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936303132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936303137
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have had type 1 diabetes for 16 of my 24 years of life, so this book has - so far - been great for giving me some peace of mind regarding my own health care. I love reading things that seem to have come right out of my own brain - I love knowing that I'm not alone or crazy for thinking or doing the things I do. While there isn't a ton of concrete advice in this quick read, it's great for getting other women's opinions and life stories and maybe even some tips for new things to try to manage your diabetes.

However, I was compelled to review the book simply because of the editing. There are some pretty blatant mistakes, including "you're" for "your," incorrect punctuation, poor flow, etc. I'm not even halfway through and it's getting distracting. I am just very surprised that the book was published with so many mistakes.

Even so, it's worth it for female diabetics to get and read this. I wish I'd had it when I was younger!
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The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes is written by Amy Stockwell Mercer, who I had the great pleasure of meeting earlier this year at the Diabetes Sisters Conference. Upon meeting her, I was struck by what a great listener and empathetic person she was. Then I found out she was coming out with this book and got the opportunity to read it. Here is my honest review:

Aside from great advice on many aspects of life with diabetes, this book is often a compilation of different voices, gathered and arranged by Amy, into topics such as Eating and Motherhood and Exercise. The result, I found, was a chicken soup for the diabetic woman's soul. Amy talks a lot about her own experience with type 1 diabetes all throughout the book and adds the separate perspectives of many other women with diabetes from all walks of life.

I was particularly surprised by how emotional I became while reading this book. I wasn't expecting this at all. This book portrays the honest and open feelings and thoughts of women struggling with diabetes and since I'm struggling with diabetes, I couldn't help but relate and find comfort in the fact that I certainly am not alone.

I also became very aware of some repressed emotions about my experience with diabetes. For example, I read about women who have struggled with eating disorders and realized that although I have never skipped insulin or thrown up, I have had a very intense and harsh internal battle with myself about the weight gain I experienced after my diabetes diagnosis. I realized that even now, I still have some unhealthy tendencies that I need to work on. There is advice found throughout the book that is gentle and practical and truly helpful in the area of eating and all the other topics the book covers.
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I was pleasantly surprised to discover a book written for, by, and about diabetic women. I do own Lois Jovanovic-Peterson's book "The Diabetic Woman", and a couple of short books about diabetes and pregnancy, but that was all I could find up to this point. Being a diabetic AND a woman certainly has its own challenges and it's a subject that has sadly been very underexposed.

Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 18, and living with it now for almost 19 years, I have done lots of research over the years on my illness. For years I kept to myself, made many mistakes, and struggled with physical and emotional burdens. It wasn't until I reached out, took control of finding out as much as I can about diabetes, and joined diabetes communities, that I felt better and found it easier to deal with this condition.

In her book, Mercer offers plenty of good advice, shares her own story of living with type 1 diabetes, and most importantly includes countless quotes from other diabetic women giving their input on many issues that plague them. The book discusses different stages we go through as diabetic women, from childhood and adolescence, dealing with body image and dieting, balancing school, work and family, dating, sex and marriage, motherhood, and finally ageing gracefully. All while having diabetes. The input from so many women encompassing different walks of life, but all sharing two important factors: being a woman and having diabetes, was very emotional, inspiring and at times eye-opening. From "me too" moments to learning new things the book has something for everyone. And being written by a type 1 diabetic who not only shares her story but offers invaluable advice - gives the book credence and makes it an important resource. I recommend this book to all diabetic women, and those who love them.
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This is the exact book I needed to read when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a decade ago! I looked and looked for books that would help me understand what to expect, how to cope and most of all... to provide some sense of community when I felt so alone. Although I was surrounded by supportive people I really needed to connect with others who understood the challenges I was facing. However, most books were depressing and had many chapters on the complication of diabetes, or on a traditional approach to a diabetes diet.

Amy Mercer has written a personal yet informative book with chapters of real interest to the reader, peppered with contributions from diabetic women that are genuine, heartfelt and often inspiring. You sort of feel like you're attending a supportive group as you read it! I think this book would not only be of benefit to those living with diabetes, but also to the health professionals, partners, parents and adult children who love these women. I know my mother would have loved to find a book like this when I was a new diabetic at age 25, and in fact she has already ordered two copies after reading some of my copy so she can give them to friends with both Type 1 and Type 2.

This is a book i will read and re-read over the years. I hope we see more books like this that provide a fresh, up-to-date perspective on living with diabetes!
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