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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: #1,228,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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