Type 1 diabetes (T1D) can be a daunting diagnosis, especially for a young kid or a teen. Patrick McAllister knows. Diagnosed with T1D at age twelve, McAllister’s life changed forever, and he faced an uncertain future of insulin shots, diet regulations, and high school. If only I had a roadmap, he thought. So, years after he learned things the hard way, he decided to write one.
Whether it is managing mood swings, hormones, or blood sugar levels, Highs & Lows of Type 1 Diabetes is the ultimate teenager’s and young adult’s handbook for surviving, thriving, and flourishing with T1D during one of the most terrifying, yet exciting, phases of your life. Many think of T1D as a scary disease that is sporadic and uncontrollable, but after eight years of dealing with the literal and figurative highs and lows of T1D, McAllister has learned that it is more a lifestyle change.
These pages detail a framework for every situation you could possibly imagine involving T1D, from coming home from the hospital after your diagnosis to preparing to leave your nest for freshman year at college. Learn how to:
Type 1 diabetes stinks, but you don’t have to go through it blind and alone! Some have learned it the hard way, but Highs & Lows of Type 1 Diabetes will ensure that you will take control of your T1D diagnosis, conquer your adolescent years, and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
SubtitleThe Ultimate Guide for Teens and Young Adults
AuthorBy Patrick McAllister, Foreword by Stuart A. Weinzimer, MD
Published6 February 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Stuart A. Weinzimer, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine, the Principal Investigator for multiple NIH- and JDRF- funded Artificial Pancreas projects, and the PI of the Yale site in the NIH-funded Diabetes Research in Children Network. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and has been conducting studies of automated insulin delivery for over fifteen years.
—Dr. William Tamborlane, MD, pediatric endocrinologist at Yale Medicine
"Patrick has created a wonderful resource for a broad audience. He covers a range of diabetes-related topics with a balance of practical knowledge and humor, and makes his own experiences accessible to young teens and emerging adults alike. . . . He sends the important message that it is okay to accept and embrace the support of others, and equally important to educate others about how they can best offer this support. I found reading Patrick's book to be like having a conversation with him. It is as upbeat, reassuring, and hopeful . . . . Hats off to Patrick for creating a book that empowers teens and young adults to be strategically open about their diabetes, and active in living with it knowing that they do not have to be alone while learning to be on their own.
—Jodie Ambrosino, PhD, Yale Medicine
"Patrick puts great information into a format that is useful and understandable for high school and college age students. He shares interesting personal stories as well as important tips in many different situations. I highly recommend this book for all young adults living with Type I Diabetes. Well done, Patrick!"
—Mary Masson, MSN, APRN, St. Michael's College