Diabetes: Caring for Your Emotions as Well as Your Health

Diabetes: Caring for Your Emotions as Well as Your Health

Diabetes: Caring for Your Emotions as Well as Your Health

Diabetes: Caring for Your Emotions as Well as Your Health

Synopsis

In this second edition of Diabetes the authors impart vital information to those suffering from the illness and their carers with a new section on resources and the findings of researchers investigating the condition.

Excerpt

So diabetes has touched your life. Perhaps you were told — yesterday or fifty years ago — that you have diabetes. Maybe it is not you but a parent or a child, a brother or sister, a spouse, fiancé, or friend or colleague who must deal with the daily adjustments (physical and emotional) made necessary by this disease. Or you may be a health care professional, concerned about the difficult emotional questions connected with a chronic, ever-present illness. As Alan Jacobson, M.D., medical director of the famed Joslin Diabetes Center, puts it, you have become aware of "entering a new world, filled with challenges and constraints."

Having diabetes is like being dealt a bad hand in a game you never intended to play. Walking through the casino of life, so to speak, you see a table marked "Diabetes" and think, "I'll pass on that one, thanks. I don't really understand the game, but I know the odds aren't good." Suddenly you find yourself seated at the table — and down a pile of chips before you even get started. Even as you collect your wits, the dealer is laying down cards and picking up chips. You'd better learn the game while there's still time.

You didn't choose the game — or the stakes, which are higher than you would ever bet willingly. But diabetes isn't just a game of chance; there are plenty of choices you can make along the way, and important ones, too. There's skill as well as luck to this game.

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