The Sisterhood of Diabetes: Facing Challenges and Living Dreamsby Judith Jones-Ambrosini
Women and diabetes! A huge market and a huge need. The Sisterhood of Diabetes engages the reader with 44 true-life stories of women with diabetes-the challenges they faced and the adventures they took. These accomplished women, of all ages and from around the world, are athletes, scholars, champions in many ways who will motivate and inspire others, whether diabetic or not, in redefining abilities and venturing beyond self-imposed limits. The message here is to live your dreams with diabetes, or any other challenges, with a positive attitude and inspired determination. While many books offer the "do's and don'ts” of diabetes care, this book bypasses the humdrum and the confusing fuselage of medical terminology and treatment to bring the reader face to face with the real struggles and joys of living with diabetes.
Judith Ambrosini has lived under the influence of Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years. She knows the importance of exercise, sports and leading an active life as a major component of excellent diabetes care. This understanding influenced her to run and walk marathons, to cycle, dance, and to practice and teach tai chi, which she continues to do today. This health challenge has also guided her to be of service in the international diabetes community. The women she has interviewed for this book come from as far away as Berlin, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Canada, and as close to home as the next town. They are each strong and confident in their sports and in their lives.
Diabetes has become a household word. Everybody knows someone who has it. No longer a fatal disease since the introduction of insulin injection, the escalating numbers of cases is staggering. There are currently over 26 million men, women and children with diabetes in the USA, and 286 million cases worldwide. This book sheds bright light on what can sometimes be a devastating prognosis, by telling true and encouraging stories of successful individuals.
The vast primary audience for this book is the diabetes population, but it will be an effective tool for clinicians and health professionals for their own education, and as recommended motivational reading for their patients. Libraries, universities, hospitals, and community resource centers will benefit from the information presented here. The book is also of great appeal to the general reading population for the stories it tells of how people cope and succeed despite obstacles.
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"I run on insulin.”A simple sentence, but these words were in a sense the big bang, the cannonball that started the revolution in diabetes and exercise. When Paula Harper ran her first marathon in 1977 little did she know what was in store for her just a few years down the road. When first diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, routine medical advice was to not exercise. She was still doing long distance running, but got only negative or poor medical support for her training and pursuits. In the Phoenix marathon in the late 1970s Paula wore a T-shirt that her husband Lew Harper had scribbled on with a magic marker: I RUN ON INSULIN, it read. These words soon became the international call to arms for diabetes and exercise. The words, almost musical, rang deeply on so many levels. Yes Paula takes insulin and she runs. Yes insulin is the fuel that makes the machine work. And yes, a person can have diabetes and run marathons. The symbolism of I RUN ON INSULIN remains vital and potent to this day.
We know that living every day with diabetes is not always a cakewalk. However now is a time when research and education are working hand-in-hand to improve the quality of our daily lives. Diabetes is something that challenges some of us to be disciplined, determined and responsible and often gives us an intuitive understanding about our bodies, our lives. As you read through the pages of this book you'll get to know the outstanding women who all say, "Yes I have diabetes; just watch what I can do!”
The inspiration to write this book came on a plane trip home from a "Diabetes and Exercise” conference in Colorado Springs. The night of the Achievement Awards at the Olympic Training Center I looked around at the audience, scanning the group of amazing athletes who live their lives with strength, responsibility, humor, discipline and an almost uncontrollable urge to show the world that they can achieve and live their dreams despite diabetes. I focused in on the young girls and women of all ages who were there participating in sports and exercise and prospects of endless possibilities. As Camille Izlar says in Chapter 3, "We can do anything we set our goals on, it just takes a little more planning.” This book needed to be written to sing out the praises of these dazzling muses who move amongst us, and to inspire you the reader whether you have diabetes or not. I think you'll love the way The Sisterhood of Diabetes makes you feel. It's bound to get you moving!
Meet the Author
has lived under the influence of type 1 diabetes since 1962. A distance walker, who did her first marathon in Denmark in 2005, Ambrosini empowers those with diabetes to use sports and exercise for health. Since 1995 she has written & edited material about active lifestyle with diabetes. An active board member of the American Diabetes Association, N.Y. Affiliate, and a DESA Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association board member. Judith is part of Sports Central at Children With Diabetes conferences where she dedicates time, leadership and inspiration to young people with diabetes.
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