A diabetes diagnosis can drive fear into the hardest of hearts. However, according to Ian Tonge, a diabetes diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence or cause you to live in fear. In I Have Diabetes; Diabetes Does Not Have Me, the author is proof that you can live an exciting and wonderful life as a diabetic. Ian Tonge invites the reader to copy what he has done to control his diabetes. He is more than qualified to make such a bold statement because the proof is in the pudding.
Many books about diabetes are not written by people who are currently managing the disease. I love the fact that this is coming straight from the horse’s mouth. This is not hearsay or hypothetical, but the lived experience of someone who has been effectively managing diabetes for several years. Ian Tonge’s candour and dry sense of humour is a breath of fresh air for discussing such a serious medical condition. Yes, diabetes is serious, and the author is not trying to say otherwise. Instead, the author is trying to lighten the mood while providing valuable information on the subject.
The brief history of diabetes is a great addition to the book. That brief history coupled with the author’s positive attitude makes this a must have book for the diabetic or caregiver of a diabetic. If you have diabetes or know someone who has diabetes, then this book is a must read. I Have Diabetes; Diabetes Does Not Have Me is not just another book on diabetes facts but a survival guide. Those who wish to control diabetes rather than the other way around would do well to pick up a copy of this book.
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Mardene Carr is from the beautiful Island of Jamaica. She is a trained Librarian, doctoral student, blogger, journal reviewer, proof-reader, and editor. She has authored several journal articles and blog posts. Mardene is also a motivational speaker and international student coach.