Guest Post by Cherie Burbach

Today I welcome author Cherie Burbach to Bookfan. Cherie wrote 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes (my review will be posted tomorrow).

Cherie Burbach

Type 1 Diabetes: Myths and Hope

I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for about twenty years now, and if there’s one frustration I have about the disease, it’s a bit misunderstood. There are a lot of myths about the disease from society, and even at times from other diabetics. Here are some myths about Type 1 diabetes.

You Only Get it When You’re a Kid

Type 1 used to be called Juvenile Diabetes because it generally hit when you were under eighteen. But now, people of all ages can get the disease. While it still affects children, others (like me) can get it into their 20s and beyond.

You Get Diabetes When You’re Unfit

I got Type 1 diabetes when I worked out like crazy, was thin, and in great shape. Athletes, like swimmer Gary Hall Jr., can develop the disease. Anyone can get it.

Insulin Cures Diabetes

Insulin the greatest invention ever because it helps diabetics live. It doesn’t cure the disease, however. Every once in a while I hear someone say that diabetes isn’t worth paying attention to anymore in terms of research and funding because it’s “cured.” It isn’t. We need to keep working for a cure.

Diabetes and Hope

While the disease isn’t cured yet, scientists and medical professionals know more about the disease now than at any other time in history. Will a cure happen? I’ve heard for a long time that it’s possible, but we can get lax in research just because we’re close. Still, it’s exciting to see the knowledge that exists today, and to see how far we are towards better management.

Cherie Burbach is an author, blogger, poet, crocheter, and geek. She loves football and is obsessed with anything having to do with the Green Bay Packers or Tudor history.

A passionate diabetes advocate, Cherie has written the book, 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes.

Cherie used her experience with meeting her husband online to pen At the Coffee Shop, a humorous look at the world of Internet dating. Cherie went on over 60 coffee dates in just six months. She met lots of great people and one of those turned out to be the guy she would marry just one year later. Cherie’s new dating book, Internet Dating is Not Like Ordering a Pizza is available now.

She is a staff writer for b5media, and also the author of three poetry books, including A New Dish and The Difference Now. Her latest, Father’s Eyes, has received the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review.

Readers have resonated with Cherie’s honest and inspirational “This I Believe” essay, which is the second-most popular out of over 40,000 entries on the NPR website. For more information, please visit Cherie’s website,, her personal blogs, or follow her on Twitter: