Monday, September 06, 2010

Books I've read with diabetes

I am a voracious reader, and I prefer nonfiction. I keep a list of nonfiction books, by library of congress classification. I was just wondering about all the books I've read that reference diabetes.

Some books where a person with diabetes is one of the main characters, or diabetes plays a major part of the book:

GV 865. S26 A4 1993 Ron Santo: For Love of Ivy by Ron Santo and Randy Minkoff
about Ron Santo, the former baseball player who was diagnosed with diabetes at 18 and went on insulin at 20. He played for both the White Sox and the Cubs.
HV 1792 .F56 2003 ~ Long Time, No SeeBy Beth Finke
an autobiography of a woman who was diagnosed at age 7 and began to lose her sight at age 19.
RA 645 .D5 2003 +++ Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of an Illness
by Chris Feudtner
RC 660 .B37 1983 A Gift of Life
by Alfred W Beckler
diagnosed as a teen, Beckler received a kidney transplant from his brother when he was in his late twenties, got a partial pancreas from a sister, and when that failed was one of the first cadaver pancreas recipients.
RC 660 .B83 1999 + Showdown with Diabetes by Deb Butterfield
diagnosed as a preteen, Butterfield had a SPK transplant, the pancreas part failed, she got another one. One of the more vocal proponents of pancreas transplantation.
RC 660.4 2001 101 Tips For Simplifying Diabetes
RC 660.4 2009 The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin by Caroline Cox
I just reviewed this one.
RC 660.4 2006 + Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes by James Hirsch
This book is about diabetes generally but the author and his son are T1s.
RC 660.4 2009 Growing Up Again: Life, Lows, and Oh yeah, Diabetes by Mary Tyler Moore
Diagnosed T1 in her thirties with what was probably LADA, the spokeswoman of the JDRF talks about her life and her diabetes and complications.
RC 660.4 2006 When You're a Parent with Diabetes: A Real Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family by Kathryn Gregorio Palmer
RC 660.4 1998 When Diabetes Hits Home by Wendy Satin Rappaport
A therapist writes about coping.
RC 660.4 1996 + Reflections on Diabetes: 39 Inspirational, Real-Life Stories On Living With Diabetes, A Diabetes Forecast Book by the American Diabetes Association
RC 660.4 1999 Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes by Lisa Roney
About living with diabetes, but really and mostly about her interpersonal relationships.
RC 660.4 2004 Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin by Gary Scheiner
About managing diabetes by a diabetic who works managing people's diabetes. I didn't think much of this book, frankly.
RC 660.5 2001 I'm Tougher Than Diabetes by Alden R. Carter il Carol Shadis Carter
This is a kids book about a young girl with diabetes.
RJ 420 .D5 1998 Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up With Diabetes by Andie Dominick
The author and her older sister were diagnosed as kids. The sister dies of drug use.
RJ 420 .D5 2001 Real Life Parenting of Kids With Diabetes by Virginia Nasmyth Loy
RJ 420 .D5 2006 Diabetes: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Katherine J Moran
RJ 420 .D5 1998 Sugar Was My Best Food by Carol Antoinette Peacock, Adair Gregory and Kyle Carney Gregory il Mary Jones
I read this one a couple of weeks before I was diagnosed, which is part of why I was surprised to learn that I could eat candy with diabetes. But I like it anyways.

Some books where a character with diabetes is not a main character, or diabetes takes up at least one chapter

HQ 75.8 .D46 A3 2008 + Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever by Joel Derfner
a group of autobiographical essays by Joel Derfner, whose mother's type 1 diabetes, complications and death were a large part of his teen and young adult years. I cried when I read it.
HQ 773.6 .S58 2005 + The Sibling Slam Book: What It's Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister With Special Needs ed Don Meyer
a book by siblings of people with various issues, including diabetes.
HQ 801 2006 ++ I Know You're Out There: Private Longings, Public Humiliations, and Other Tales From the Personals by Michael Beaumier
the author's brother was diagnosed T1 at age 4, and is now a Chicago chef.
ND 237 1980/03 Ordinary Daylight: Portrait of an Artist Going Blind by Andrew Potok
a number of the people Potok meets who are also losing or have recently lost sight are diabetic and that features in one chapter, rather largely.
PZ 5 2008 Owning It: Stories About Teens With Disabilities ed Donald R Gallo this fiction collection includes a story about a blind diabetic teenager
R 729.5 .R87 2004 What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey by Audrey Young
has a story about interacting with a type 2 diabetic in Africa
RB 155 Moalem 2007/08 + Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity by Sharon Moalem and Jonathan Prince
has a chapter positing that diabetes was a survival advantage during the little ice age
RC 339.52 1984 A Leg To Stand On by Oliver Sacks
during his rehabilitation from a leg injury, Sacks meets and discusses the issues of diabetics with major neuropathy and amputations.
RC 480.515 .M8 2003 +++ The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases by Jeffrey A Kottler and Jon Carlson
I loved this book, which has only a cursory mention of diabetes in that a few patients featured have it.
RC 620.5 1959 + Experiment Perilous: Physicians and Patients Facing the Unknown by Renee Fox
this book is more about Addison's disease but featured two (I think) patients who were also diabetic.
RC 630 2001 Real World Nursing Survival Guide: Fluids & Electrolytes by Cynthia Chernecky, Kathleen Murphy-Ende, and Denise Macklin
contains a bit about DKA management
RC 660 .L34 2004 Women and Autoimmune Disease: The Mysterious Ways Your Body Betrays Itself by Robert G Lahita with Ina Yalof
This book has a chapter on T1, but fails to mention that it is one of the autoimmune diseases more commonly found in men than women.
RD 120.7 2001 Coping with an Organ Transplant by Elizabeth Parr and Janet Mize
This book makes the laughable claim that those with diabetes know their blood sugar levels within ten point without testing, but it says lots of other things about pancreas and kidney transplants
RJ 380. K74 1989 How It Feels To Fight For Your Life by Jill Krementz
An anthology of stories by kids with various medical issues of which diabetes is probably the mildest

Some of the fiction books I've read with diabetic characters include
The Babysitter's Club books by Ann M Martin, in which Stacey is diabetic.
Sweetblood by Pete Hautman, who is himself a T1 diagnosed in adulthood, about a T1 teenager with interesting theories. I don't think the diabetes part of the book is realistic, oddly enough.
Beyond the Mango Tree by Amy Bronwen Zemser, which is a very odd book in which the main character's mother is T1 and crazy.
Tough Beans by Betty Bates about a boy with diabetes, way back when.
Going to the Sun, an adult book by James McManus, whose daughter is T1, in which the main character is a young woman who's been T1 since childhood and who is very depressed. I thought when I read it that the character commits suicide at the end of the book, although when I mentioned the book to a librarian, she said she once lead a book discussion about the book, because apparently the author is local, and the attendees were split as to whether or not the character actually commits suicide. In any case, I would be furious if my father had written this book.

1 comment:

Joel Derfner said...

I'm glad you liked my book.