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: 607,322
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 NH.

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My pre-ordered copy of Elle & Coach arrived on the 25th. Late that afternoon I decided to take a quick scan through the pages. Instead of spending a few minutes, I ended up reading the entire book! Elle's story is well written and very engaging. I felt the stress, exhaustion, fear, determination, love, hope and acceptance Elle, and the family, experienced in dealing with the disease of type 1 diabetes. As I was reading, multiple times I found myself saying to my spouse "You've just got to hear this one little part" and then sharing excerpt after excerpt about Elle's dramatic changes in blood sugar levels, her tenacity with theatre performances and the miracle of Coach becoming part of her life. I appreciate a book that educates and informs me as well as expands my heart. This book definitely qualifies. It's a wonderful story of hope and possibility. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elle & Coach is an eye-opening book about a family whose oldest daughter has Type 1 diabetes. Stefany Shaheen takes you along the family's journey, filled with highs and lows (no pun intended) and illustrates how their medic-alert dog, Coach, dramatically improves their lives. The book is filled with honesty, bravery, and heart. I could not put it down and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Trish2 More than 1 year ago
As someone who has a brother with diabetes I found this book absolutely amazing. I’ll admit that at first I was a little disappointed that Coach wasn’t in the story from page one but then I realized how important it was to understand Elle’s life both before and after Coach. There are several instances in the book where they talk about before diabetes (BD) and after diabetes (AD) but I think the important thing to understand is before Coach (BC) and after Coach (AC). Dogs are truly amazing in what they can do. I didn't want to put the book down yet I didn't want to end either. I wish Elle and Coach a long and happy life together. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A touching and compelling book about a family's struggle with type 1 diabetes and their medic alert dog that made life with a chronic illness more manageable. This book was an easy read and touched all of my emotions. Well written and very inspirational. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you or someone you love is struggling with Type 1 diabetes or other life-threatening chronic disability, and especially if you love dogs - this is a must-read. This is a very well written, concise, but accurate portrayal of the extreme challenges families face when a child is diagnosed with T1D, including the emotional toll on everyone. What unfolds next is the wonderful discovery this family made as they welcomed an extraordinary dog into their lives. Hope may be "the thing with feathers", but in this case, it has fur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ELLE AND COACH came in the mail yesterday and I knew I would enjoy it but, wow, I couldn't put it down! I think I was crying from about page 50 on. It was heart wrenching, it was beautiful and it was inspiring and I loved every page. So very good!