Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter's Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything

Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter's Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything


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"This book will inspire and encourage countless parents and children around the country. I loved it."—Hillary Rodham Clinton

Elle & Coach is the true story of a Type-A mom struggling to care for a daughter who has Type 1 diabetes and of the incredible service dog who changes their lives for the better.

Stefany Shaheen tries everything to manage her daughter Elle's deadly and unpredictable disease. Overcoming the skepticism that a dog can provide answers that medical science is still seeking, the family finds a resounding sense of peace and reassurance through Coach's near miraculous abilities as a medic-alert dog, specially trained to detect dangerous changes in blood sugar levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594857853
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 217,533
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stefany Shaheen has dedicated herself to making life better for people living with diabetes. A Harvard graduate, she launched a company to help those with chronic conditions better manage eating and exercise. She is on the Board of Trustees at Joslin Diabetes Center, served as the National Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children's Congress, and currently serves on the Foundation's Research and Advocacy Committee. She is a key spokesperson for her mother, Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator and former New Hampshire Governor, and currently serves on the City Council for the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she and her husband, Craig Welch, live with their four children.

Mark Dagostino is a New York Times bestselling co-author, and a former Senior Writer for People magazine. He also lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Preface: First Glimpse vii

Chapter 1 The Diagnosis 1

Chapter 2 Making Room 21

Chapter 3 Work 39

Chapter 4 Trials and Errors 48

Chapter 5 Darkness 71

Chapter 6 Pressing Paws 82

Chapter 7 A Distant Howl 103

Chapter 8 Lessons Learned 112

Chapter 9 Flying Coach 123

Chapter 10 Little Miracles 162

Chapter 11 Coach's Spotlight 180

Chapter 12 Dog Fight 190

Chapter 13 Center Stage 206

Chapter 14 Super Dog 215

Afterword 223

Acknowledgments 227

Reading Group Guide 229

What People are Saying About This

Dean Kamen

In addition to being a great read, the story of Elle & Coach will open eyes to the very real struggle of life with type 1 diabetes, and may well change the conversations we have about how to make lives better while we work toward better treatments and ultimately a cure. --Dean Kamen, inventor and Founder of DEKA

Jodi Picoult

ELLE AND COACH is a must-read---not just for parents of children with chronic illnesses, but for any parent who's ever wished to make life easier for a child who is struggling with something daunting. As the mom of a son who faced multiple surgeries during his childhood, I was deeply moved by Elle's experiences -- and inspired by the beacon of hope that her service dog provides. I have a feeling this book is going to change a lot of lives for the better. ----Jodi Picoult, New York Times-bestselling author of MY SISTER'S KEEPER and LEAVING TIME

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