CHUCK EICHTEN is a design director at Nike Inc. He has spoken to a range of audiences about diabetes, including at the Diabetes Association national conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
The Book of Better: Life with Diabetes Can't Be Perfect. Make It Better.by Chuck Eichten
I have diabetes. I’ve lived with it for years and years. I’ve done everything to learn as much as I can about it. I’ve made more idiot mistakes—accidentally and on purpose—with diabetes than you think would be safe. I’ve managed to stay very healthy. And by some standards, my life is pretty “normal.”
Throughout my extended career as a person with diabetes, the most important fact I have learned is that ANY BIT BETTER (…3%...5%...28%...91%...) IS STILL BETTER. It might be the most important thing you can know about your diabetes. Maybe we can’t make it go away.
Maybe we can’t make it perfect. Maybe we’re still mad that we got stuck with it. But we absolutely CAN make it BETTER. It’s not always easy, but it’s not complicated either. Diabetes gets Better if you make it Better.
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Even thought the author has type 1 (and I have type 2) he never is condescending to those of us who struggle with type 2 diabetes... as someone who has struggled with accepting the fact that I have to deal with this disease this book was valuable with the mental aspects of coping -- as well as giving good advice on food choices and exercise. The author acknowledges the negative aspects of diabetes while offering good strategies for dealing with it all. I loved the "Learning from the Idiot" sections where he describes stupid things that he has done -- and points out the lessons we can learn without trying the same things. Really well written!
This book is a family favorite worth every penny. We want to help others be educated in a fun way about diabetes, especially type 1 and this is our go to source for that. Help ua spread the word!