Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents

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Press: Spry Publishing LLC (June 25, 2013)
Publication Date:2013-6
Author Name:McCarthy, Moira; Kushner, Jake; Anderson, Barbara J.


2013 Mom's Choice Awards® WinnerHormones. 
Growth spurts.
Mood swings.
All combined with blood sugars..The teen years with diabetes on board are a challenging time for parents and anyone who cares about a child with diabetes.
Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents, by well-known diabetes mom, author, and advocate Moira McCarthy, is a no-nonsense, honest approach at not just surviving but thriving in those years, from a mom who has been there..Raising Teens with Diabetes is a must-have resource for anyone navigating the waters of parenting a child with diabetes.

About the Author

Moira McCarthy is an acclaimed writer, author, and public speaker who has shared her story--and lessons--on raising a child with type 1 diabetes in the media, through books and on her popular blog, despitediabetes.com. 
With over 15 years of experience raising a child with diabetes, McCarthy offers a frank, empowering perspective from a mother who has successfully weathered the teenage years and made it to the other side with a healthy, outstanding young adult..McCarthy has appeared on "CNN Live, Good Morning America, Fox News," and in "The New York Times." She was recently recognized as the JDRF International Volunteer of the Year.
Her six books include the top-selling "Everything Parents Guide to Juvenile Diabetes."


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Comment List (Total:15)

  •     Great needed info
  •     Seems more biographical then factual, not that their stats are wrong they are just out of date. Would prefer something written by an expert in the field.
  •     I wish I would have read this at the beginning. It isn't exactly a primer, but it's definitely a great guide for a beginner. I will say it's nice not to feel alone.
  •     This book covers all the big questions that come to mind with teenswith special emphasis on teens with diabetes. It is a handy reference.
  •     Great advice for dealing with teen diabetics.
  •     This book is so helpful. I can not seem to put it down. Its not only very well written but has segments from the daughter who has t1.
  •     Thank you for writing this!!! Amazing!
  •     A must read for any parent of a Type 1 diabetic.
  •     Moira McCarthy clearly gets it. She's a parent to a child with type 1 diabetes, and her book focuses on how to keep diabetes in check when going through the rough teenage years. She doesn't come off as the perfect d-mom - in fact, she describes, in detail, her issues with her daughter's burnout and her moments of frustration with diabetes and how she got through them.Raising Teens with Diabetes is so thorough. While I was reading, I would find myself thinking of questions, and sure enough, the next chapter would deal with just what I was thinking of. Topics include how to write a 504 plan for public schools (and how to deal with the lack of 504 plans in college), suggestions on how to share logbooks and readings through apps and smartphones, ideas on transitioning teens into more independence (like sleepovers and school trips), how to parent children who don't have diabetes, and even super important, often-ignored issues like how diabetes interacts with sex, drinking, and even more serious issues like depression, eating disorders, and drugs. Moira gives great advice on how to involve family members: "Reach out to your family members and ask them what they fear, and then educate that fear right out of them."Moira doesn't just write from her own perspective, either. She includes advice and insight on what it's like raising a teen with diabetes as a divorced parent, or as a person with T1 themselves. Plenty of others in the diabetes world have helpful sidebars, giving different perspectives, and her daughter has a few short essays, too.She includes extra resources like a sample driving contract, lists of advocacy groups to get involved in, and websites of diabetes camps to check out that are super helpful, too.Basically, if you had a question or concern about raising your child with T1 into a teenager with T1 and eventually an independent, functioning adult with T1, Moira's got you covered. I feel so much more prepared as a parent after reading her book and I highly recommend it!
  •     I suppose this could be helpful. To another reviewer: an 8-Year-old is not 'several years away' from being a teenager, it's closer than you think!
  •     I think this could save my relationship with my daughter!
  •     Learning to manage a teenage T1 is a daily task. This book helped me put my son's disease in a more understandable box.
  •     I was listening to the doctors who were making me feel like I was doing something wrong and that my daughter was not acting like most diabetic teens....until I read this. Especially the portions from her daughter, Lauren (my daughters name as well) and what it was like for her. Especially the burnout stage. Doesn't mean this is all so easy now, but I don't feel alone and have hope. Great source, thank you!
  •     What a wonderfully worded book. Many topics I found myself nodding along happily because at last someone was speaking the same language. Others, I read intently because we haven't had to tackle those topics yet but it sure is wonderful to read the words from someone who has been there. All of us dealing with T1 juggle well. It is often frustrating to hear others from the non-T1 world pass along how we could do better. It is a refreshing bonus to hear what we are doing is so unique to our child yet similar in the manner that no matter how we "manage" the disease, at times it is just unmanageable. Having these words of wisdom for those days where the numbers decide to do something new is just great. Thank you for writing this book, its a great connection for those of us without a strong T1 community around us. Buy it, read it, share it with everyone you know touched by Type 1.
  •     sent it to my daughter no idea if it arrived or if she read it

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