Review: 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes by Cherie Burbach

21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes

One of my children was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was six. She’s now in her early twenties. When I saw the chance to review Cherie Burbach’s book 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes I signed up. Ms. Burbach has lived with diabetes for many years which gives valuable first hand perspective. In the introduction she states:

This book is:
* a source of encouragement
* a prompt for education
* a starting guide to diabetic etiquette
This book is not:
* a medical reference book
* a substitute for a nurse, doctor, or other medical professional

Three of the 21 topics addressed are:
* Learn about the disease
* Don’t view insulin as a cure
* Retire from the diabetic police force

The author points out if you take the time to learn basic facts about diabetes you’ll find that much of what you thought you understood to be true is simply not true. For instance, one gets Type 1 diabetes from eating too much sugar. Wrong! The fact is the pancreas ceases to function properly. When my daughter was diagnosed the medical professionals at our wonderful clinic (at a top tier children’s hospital) made the point of saying insulin is not a cure, it is life support. That drove home the point. It keeps one alive but it doesn’t cure the pancreas. The Diabetic Policing issue is ongoing for someone with diabetes. Ms. Burbach is right about that. In our extended family there was always someone who would look at my daughter’s plate and say “can you eat that?”. Probably asked with good intentions, but really quite rude and unsupportive.

In straight-forward terms Ms. Burbach explains how to be there for a friend, co-worker, or relative who has this chronic disease. My daughter also read the book and said it made some great points but also thinks it might be asking too much of some friends and co-workers. This reminds me that everyone has her own perspective. I wish 21 Simple Things had been around when she was newly diagnosed. I would have given it to relatives, teachers, coaches, etc. I think it would be an excellent resource for people who have someone in their life who is living with diabetes. I also think diabetes clinics should have it on hand for the newly-diagnosed and their families.

You can read Cherie Burbach’s guest post here.

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Review copy from the author

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: