Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press has published a heartfelt and honest new book that reveals what it takes to manage a chronic condition, type 1 diabetes, Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes by Amy Ryan.
For Ms. Ryan, treatment for a routine infection one Monday morning quickly turned into needles, insulin, a glucose monitor, test strips, and the responsibility of managing a life-threatening illness.
In America, 26 million people have diabetes, accounting for more than 8% of the population. While the majority have type 2, considered a lifestyle illness, three million suffer from type 1, an incurable autoimmune disease where the body destroys its insulin-producing cells. Someone who suffers from type 1 (formerly known as juvenile diabetes) must inject insulin multiple times each day just to stay alive.
“I wanted to tell a human story that people without the disease might want to read,” said Ryan, who practices law in Washington, D.C., in a recent interview in USA Today.
Public figures who have discussed their type 1 diabetes include Sonia Sotomayor and Nicole Johnson (Miss America ’99).
Shot is a sincere, sometimes comical account of managing this relentless illness, and includes details and real life scenarios that aren’t always openly discussed.
Amy Tenderich, contributor to the widely read blog, Diabetes Mine stated, “Everything about her story is so familiar, so raw and honest, so true to the REAL experiences of being hit with an intense chronic illness around age 30, and struggling to ‘remake’ your life around it…This is hands-down the most ‘relatable’ book about life with diabetes I’ve ever read.”
People with diabetes will see themselves in Amy Ryan’s story. Those without it, including the millions who care for and support family, friends, or patients will now have a glimpse into the daily struggle of a life defined by glucose levels.
Title: Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes
Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press
January 2013 $17.95 252pp
Shot is available for purchase online or your favorite local bookstore.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Petrie
Hudson Whitman Press/Excelsior College