Life with diabetes is a complicated, crazy mess, and explaining this mess to our loved ones is never easy. Naomi Kingery, a passionate 22-year-old diabetes advocate, author and Medtronic Diabetes employee in their Customer Relations department in Northridge, CA, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 12. Over the years she has written two books aimed at teens with diabetes, and yesterday she published her third book, this one an eBook aimed at trying to explain the nuances of her life to those without "D."
Sugar Free Support is a quick-and-easy 60-page read. Naomi walks readers through various aspects of her life with diabetes in hopes of explaining the how and the why of how people with diabetes feel.
The book is mostly autobiographical, with Naomi sharing her personal experiences with diabetes: her diagnosis, her family life, and her impressions of other families dealing with diabetes. From there, Naomi gives her "two cents" on what "others" should know about what she's going through and advice and tips on what she recommends the others do.
Naomi writes: "You may be the mother with tear-stained cheeks of a newly diagnosed 14-year-old. Or the sibling dealing with anger and guilt. The friend who tries to understand the emotional and physical changes this will bring. Or the significant other who whispers sweet nothings like 'Are you feeling okay?' The teacher who displays empathy towards a student, as well as those in the health care field whose mission is to change the lives of patients like me every day. It is for you that I pour my heart onto these pages and share with you, the loved ones, how to best support your beloved who has D."
Naomi isn't an educator or a psychologist, and she is very young, so her advice comes with a heavy disclaimer that these are just her opinions. Her book is also very casual, rather than a heavily researched book with lots of footnotes. It's her life and her thoughts, but sometimes "hearing it like it is" from someone "in the know" is exactly what the doctor ordered! And having lived with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years, Naomi certainly has learned a few wise lessons.
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Naomi's eBook is only $5, but one drawback is that it's currently only available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle applications (Kindle for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and PC). Other formats TBD.
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