Since you can’t curl up with a functional pancreas, sometimes you need to resort to different sorts of comfort.  Like a good book, dog-earing the pages with your fingers.  Or a good book that’s gone digital, wiping your finger sauce on the screen.  However you like to take in your reading materials, we’ve got you covered with this holiday gift guide:  diabetes book edition.

And while my bias is out in full force on a lot of these titles, I think there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy them, too.

Why We Revolt:  Healthcare has lost its humanity, but Dr. Victor Montori has started a revolution to bring kind and careful care back to the healthcare experience.  If you want to know more about the Patient Revolution, pick up a copy of Why We Revolt.  It’ll poke the parts of your brain that ache for progress.

Bright Spots & Landmines:  Adam Brown has written a super informative, beautifully designed diabetes book packed with information for both diabetes veterans and the newly-diagnosed.  If you’re looking for actionable diabetes tips, check out his book.

Sweet, Invisible Body:  This is the book that cracked open the concept of patient storytelling for me.  Lisa Roney’s real life take on life with type 1 diabetes made me want to start sharing my own story because mine, like hers, like everyone’s, was deeply flawed and completely human.  It’s a tough book to find these days, but if you can grab a copy, you should.

Think Like a Pancreas:  This book is amazing, and would have been the best blog title EVER.  Gary Scheiner takes his decades of diabetes lived experience plus his medical training as a certified diabetes educator and blends it all together to create this go-to resource for people with diabetes.

The Complete Diabetes Organizer:  Do you ever feel like the to do list of diabetes is sometimes the hardest part?  And remembering everything that should be on that list – and actually to doing it – is also ridiculously complicated?  Susan Weiner has a book for you, and her advice to help you get organized is streamlined and actionable.

My Sister Has Diabetes, and How It Makes Me Feel:  There’s a lot of discussion about how a child with diabetes might feel, but not enough about how diabetes affects siblings.  Grace Rooney is the sibling of a kid with diabetes and she’s written a “what it’s like” book about that experience.  Her perspectives are insightful, and worth a read!

Type 1 Diabetes Caregiver Confidence:  Author Samantha Markovitz is a Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach and the founder of GraceMark Wellness & Lifestyle Coaching (and you can be on the lookout for a guest post from Samantha here, coming soon!)  This book takes on what it’s like to care for someone with type 1 diabetes, offering tips, tricks, and strategies for managing diabetes from the outside.

Finish Line Vision:  Looking for motivation, inspiration, and to read the story of pushing a PWD body to the physical limits?  Jay Hewitt has you covered.  This book is one to curl up with if you’re feeling a little down in the dumps and want to dust off your running shoes … or start prepping to climb the employment ladder.

Carolyn’s Robot Relative:  Dana Lewis knows what it’s like to wear diabetes devices.  (Hell, Dana Lewis also knows what it’s like to build her own diabetes devices, but that’s a whole other post.  But if you have a child in your life who has questions about diabetes and all the hardware that comes with it, Dana’s children’s book can help address some of those tough questions.

Balancing Diabetes:  Yep, I included my own book.  Because I love the people who offered their perspectives and insight, and I think my life is richer for knowing their stories.  Which is why I want to continue to share their stories with you.

Looking for more for your library?  I’ll have another book list in the next few days, so be on the lookout!  And happy reading.  🙂

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