Finding the time and energy to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program is a challenge for any parent–but it can be a matter of life and death for parents with diabetes. Diabetes in pregnancy, if poorly controlled, can increase the risk of miscarriage, birth defects, and prematurity. Mood swings and personality changes during a parent’s spells of low blood sugar can frighten young children. And even on good days, it can be difficult for a parent to remember to check their glucose levels in the haste of getting the kids off to school.
From the psychological to the medical to the purely practical, Kathryn Gregorio Palmer guides parents with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes through the ups and downs of staying healthy while raising a family. Helpful for adoptive and stepparents as well as moms and dads, the book
answers questions such as:
• What are the risks of being pregnant with diabetes?
• Will I have the energy to handle a rambunctious child?
• Where can I hide my juice boxes so the kids don’t accidentally drink them all?
A mother of two, Palmer blends her own experience with expert advice and tips from other parents to create a compassionate and useful handbook that parents with diabetes will find indispensable.
About the Author
Kathryn Gregorio Palmer is the winner of the Bayer Ascensia Dream Fund Contest, which recognizes the achievements of people with diabetes. A mother of two who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 18, Palmer’ s dream was to write this book to help other parents struggling with diabetes. The lead database developer for New England INDEX, a resource for people with disabilities, and previous Director of Programs for The Barton Center for Diabetes Education in North Oxford, Massachusetts, Palmer lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband and sons.
Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE, has been living with diabetes for 38 years, and helping others live with diabetes for almost 20 years. Jane is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Olaf College, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. In 2000, Jane developed the Yampa Valley Medical Center's Diabetes Education Program in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which she managed until 2011. She continues working with diabetes patients through this local program. Before moving to Colorado, Jane was the Director of Clinical Services and Education for The Barton Center for Diabetes Education in North Oxford, Massachusetts. In March of 2011, Jane became the Program Coordinator/Faculty for the Diabetes Education and Management Masters Program at Teachers College Columbia University. Jane has given numerous presentations on diabetes to health care professionals. She has been an invited speaker, she has written several newspaper articles on diabetes, and she has been interviewed on the radio. During her tenure as Diabetes Education Program Director, Jane wrote a newsletter that was circulated to local diabetes patients and family members. Jane's blog at www.janekdickinson.com provides straight-forward information about diabetes and stories from Jane's personal and professional experiences. Jane is also connected with the Diabetes Online Community through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and tudiabetes.org.
"The book is at once personal and prescriptive, providing equal
measures of practical information, support, and inspiration."
–Peter Van Etten, President and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation