Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes

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Shot is an intimate portrait of a young woman's sudden transition to type 1 diabetes. Treatment for a routine infection one Monday morning yielded, with stunning speed, to a glucose monitor, test strips, and a life-altering diagnosis.

In Shot, Amy Ryan shows what it really takes to live with and manage an incurable disease. She charts the essential duties that keep her stable while revealing the daily concerns, the simple rewards and victories, the fears of highs and lows, and ...

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Overview

Shot is an intimate portrait of a young woman's sudden transition to type 1 diabetes. Treatment for a routine infection one Monday morning yielded, with stunning speed, to a glucose monitor, test strips, and a life-altering diagnosis.

In Shot, Amy Ryan shows what it really takes to live with and manage an incurable disease. She charts the essential duties that keep her stable while revealing the daily concerns, the simple rewards and victories, the fears of highs and lows, and the psychological strain of depending on herself, a drug, and a network of health care providers to stay alive with diabetes.

People who manage life-threatening diseases will recognize their own struggles in Amy's compelling story. The millions who care for and support family, friends, or patients with diabetes will have their eyes opened to the human side of living with a chronic condition.

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Ryan was a fit and healthy 29-year-old when a routine urinalysis at her gynecologist’s office revealed sugar in her urine. After a repeat yeast infection within two weeks of treatment, she made another appointment with her doctor. This time they took a blood sample and gave Ryan the news that would change her life forever: she had Type-1 diabetes. In her first published book, covering the path from receiving her diagnosis to learning to read glucose meters and self-administering insulin shots, Ryan details a deeply personal journey rather than an objective self-care manual for diabetes. While there are no references or fact-lists, there is well-developed narrative of one woman’s experience with a life-altering diagnosis.

Verdict The author’s transparency into her own story of diabetes is courageous and informative. This memoir is a moving read that will appeal to young women and diabetes sufferers alike.—Carolann Curry, Mercer Univ. Lib., Macon, GA

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976881353
  • Publisher: Excelsior College Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 992,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Fitzgerald Ryan lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her family. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center. She practices law in Washington, D.C., with a specialty in commercializing new medical technologies.
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