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The people who describe their experiences with diabetes range from teenagers to physicians, immigrants, athletes, pregnant women, accountants, a prisoner, and a ...
The people who describe their experiences with diabetes range from teenagers to physicians, immigrants, athletes, pregnant women, accountants, a prisoner, and a dairy farmer. They speak of the variety of ways they handle monitoring, diet, insurance coverage, sports, and fashion. Some talk of how they manage to drive trucks for a living or, for recreation, fly airplanes or go spelunking. Many speak frankly of their anxieties and frustrations.
The authors acknowledge that both the patient and clinician have a story about their relationship, and describe the richness and tension in their interaction. Families, too, are sources of both support and conflict. These relationships are acknowledged in the organization of the book, which is divided into sections defined by the main elements of diabetes control: patient self-determination, the role of the family, the social situation, and the patient-clinician encounter.
The book provides a wealth of information about diabetes, including material on prevention, complications, and new technology, as well as a superb glossary, but it is not intended as a textbook on diabetes or as a self-care manual for patients. Rather the book provides a textured account of the health professional's view of diabetes control and the perspective of the patient whose life is complicated by diabetes.
Named a "Best Consumer Health Book of 2010" by Library Journal
"..if you or someone you know is struggling to find camaraderie during a particularly troubling time with their diabetes, this might be a perfect gift."
"One of the largest challenges people living with diabetes face is taking care of themselves on a day-to-day basis, which means assuming responsibility that, in many other cases, is left up to the doctor. A Life of Control depicts 40 years of diabetic patients' stories through the narration of the doctor and nurse practitioners who collected them, acknowledging the often complicated relationship between people living with diabetes and their doctors. A cleverly organized group of stories, which reveals the difficulties, both physical and emotional, that come along with diabetes, but leaves the reader feeling confident about taking control."
--Steven Edelman, MD, Founder and Director, Taking Control of Your Diabetes, Del Mar, California
"Dr. Graber and his team share a collection of stories that not only educate but motivate. As a healthcare professional with diabetes I have learned most of the really important lessons about control from my patients. These stories are very engaging and you will find this book both enlightening and inspirational."
--Virginia Valentine, certified diabetes educator; co-author of Diabetes Type 2 and What to Do (1994 & 2000) and Diabetes--The New Type 2 (2008); former member of board of directors of American Diabetes Association
"This is a unique and well written volume describing personal experiences with diabetes of those who have it, their families and their providers of medical care. It yields valuable insights that will help with the issues for everyone who has to deal with this challenging disease."
--Mayer Davidson, MD, Director of the Clinical Center of Research Excellence at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, past president of the American Diabetes Association, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Diabetes
"With health care reform on the horizon and the cost of managing chronic disease impacting our economy, the doctor-patient relationship is often quantified in merely economic terms. Through personal stories about living with diabetes, Graber's patients show 'control' is more than insulin, blood sugar testing, and managing one's diet, and a successful doctor-patient relationship is a lot more than what's reflected by billing procedure codes."
--Kim Emmons-Benjet, mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes and blogger for Healthcentral.com
"In these touching stories, you will hear real-life tales that are funny, sad, life-affirming, aggravating and more. Read this and realize that you are not alone."
--William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE
Foreword Steven G. Gabbe vii
Part I The Patient in Control 1
1 To Hell with Diabetes 3
2 I Threw Away the Sugar Bowl 7
3 Running for My Life 11
4 A High Price for Weight Loss 15
5 I Refuse to View Myself as Sick 18
6 E-mails from Angela 21
7 A Difficult Decision 29
8 A Life without Control 32
9 We Control What We Can 36
10 The Cadillac of Disabilities 39
Part II Control of Diabetes Is a Family Affair 45
11 A Family Affair 47
12 This Invisible Counterpart 55
13 Who's in Control? 59
14 God, Do Not Let Me Cry 62
15 Every Moment of Every Day 66
16 It's Not About the Mom, It's About the Baby 70
17 I Need to Hear His Voice 73
18 Like Having a Partner 78
Part III The Social Context of Control 83
19 It's a Bet 85
20 Blown Away 89
21 Warrior Mode 93
22 On the Road and In the Air 99
23 A Better Life? 103
24 Semper Fi at the Dialysis Center 108
25 Jocks Face Hypoglycemia 111
26 School Fashion 114
Part IV Role of the Clinician-Patient Relationship in the Control of Diabetes 117
27 A Fairly Typical Situation 121
28 Non-intensive Care for Diabetes 124
29 Driving Under the Influence... of Too Much Insulin 127
30 I Had to Sell My Milk Cows 130
31 If Shoes Could Talk 135
32 Everything Is Not Always Due to Diabetes 139
33 Playing the Numbers 143
34 The Doctor Was Hoodwinked 146
35 A Glimpse of Longevity 149
36 Different Paths to the Same Destination 152
Conclusion: Prevention-the Best Method of Control 155
Internet Resources for Patients with Diabetes 177
Reader's Guide to Topics 179