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Living Life with Diabetes

Living Life with Diabetes

John Keeler

ISBN: 978-0-470-87003-7 May 2004 160 Pages




Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four, John Keeler's life subsequently has been marked by a determination to make it as rich and complete as possible. A wise, personal account of his successful struggles with this life-threatening illness, Living Life with Diabetes details the too often ignored psychological and emotional aspects of the condition. Full of insights for sufferers and their families and friends, Living Life with Diabetes sheds light on relationships with the medical profession and problems often encountered, as well as often overlooked difficulties of living with the disease.
About the author.




1. He couldn’t want so much water.

2. Why me?

3. When did you last hear an orange say ‘Ouch!’?

4. You ‘should’ be doing better.

5. Eight square meals a day.

6. You could be worse off !

7. Famine to a feast.

8. Steering my own ship.

9. That!!

10. Living on my own.

11. But this is the hand I shoot with . . . .

12. Egg-sized potatoes and a cupful of crisps.

13. Nobody told the bumblebee . . . .

14. Everything’s alright . . . .

15. Parting shots.

Appendix: painting by numbers.



“…honest and heart-warming…” (Diabetes Federation of Ireland Magazine, March 2004)

“…packed with humorous and painful anecdotes…a useful resources for diabetics, their families and friends…” (Sunderland Echo, 21 April 2004)

“...a valuable tale about one man’s determination to accept and overcome the problems associated with the disease...” (Accident & Emergency Nursing, No.13, 2005)