Wednesday, December 24, 2008

By Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

The number of people in this country who have diabetes is staggering and that number continues to rise. When I saw this book, I thought it would be an important tool for people who have just been diagnosed with the disease, but it is also important for those who have been living with it.

Garnero does several important things in this book. First and foremost, she introduces humor. No, I don't think diabetes is funny, but I do know that using laughter and fun as part of the treatment can work positively for the individual. Humor alone can be a powerful, healing force. Garnero is a cartoonist and her cartoons fill the book. She also has some great quotes that came from diabetes patients.

I like the way the book is laid out. There are short bursts of reading, then a "personal goal" section for the individual to take the information they just read and apply it to their own situation. This book will even work for children because of the way the information is laid out and Garnero's approach.

If you or someone you know has diabetes, get a copy of this book. What do you think?

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