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VOYA -These two different approaches to diabetes cover the basic details while at the same time making the point that life can go on in a relatively normal fashion for someone with diabetes. Kelly's book is the "work horse" title, while McAuliffe's is a self-help, inspirational call to action.
Kelly's recent addition to Rosen's Coping with . . . series, addresses issues of concern to today's teens. This competent, thorough examination of the disease and its treatment includes a look at the role of diet and exercise, possible complications to watch out for, family dynamics when a member is diagnosed, how to deal with health care professionals (in particular the members of the diabetic health care team), and how living with a chronic condition like diabetes can affect a teen's life. Addressing the teen reader, the author provides clear-cut, concise information about the disease and how to handle it. Teens with diabetes share their stories of problems faced and overcome. Both insulin-dependent and non-insulin dependent diabetes are covered in text easily accessible to the teen reader.
As the mother of two children with juvenile diabetes, I wish McAuliffe's book had been around when they were first diagnosed with the disease as pre-schoolers. An impressive young woman who tells it like it is, the author was eleven when she was diagnosed and ten years later is a healthy, well-adjusted college student working toward a chiropractic degree. McAuliffe's supportive, concerned parents were there for her, but she was also there for herself-taking charge of her diabetic management, getting actively involved in helping others by counseling children and young adults with the disease, even founding a not-for-profit camp specifically for young people with diabetes. The message here is loud and clear-treat the child, not the disease.
Both parents and child have to come to terms with coping with a chronic disease, and get on with their lives. It is vitally important to acknowledge the