Coming To Terms with Type 1 Diabetes: One Family’s Story of Life After Diagnosis

Coming To Terms with Type 1 Diabetes: One Family's Story of Life After Diagnosis

This inspiring, dignified and deeply moving personal account of a family coming to terms with the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes for both husband and daughter has been written for three purposes:

– to encourage other families affected by this serious lifelong medical condition to rebuild their lives after diagnosis
– to make the wider community aware of the challenge of living with Type 1 Diabetes
– to raise money for research into a cure for Type 1 Diabetes

All profits from the sales of this short e-book will be donated to JDRF, the leading charitable funder of research into better therapy and a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Additional donations may also be made via the link at the end of the book (

All those involved in the production of this book have generously given their services free of charge in order to maximise the funds raised for JDRF.


“For families around Britain and around the world – today and tomorrow and for every day until a cure is found – a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes is a life-altering, life-worsening piece of news. Their daily struggle to cope – which begins with that news – can never end. For parents, for the children themselves, all is changed. Some cope badly and suffer the awful consequences of complications and added misery. But some people have within them … the strength to fight back… this book has been written by someone who is ready and willing and able to fight back, and I commend her for it. Debbie Young has written a moving and personal testimony. I hope it inspires people to support the work of JDRF. And to salute the pioneers who first helped Type 1 Diabetics to stay alive, and nowadays helps them to live increasingly normal lives. This is a story that begins with harsh reality but encompasses success as well. It is a story of hope and progress, and one day it must end, in triumph.”


“It’s a lovely uplifting little book, full of insight, wit, and practical know-how. I think it will appeal to anyone with Type 1 Diabetes and their family. Health professionals would also find it useful. The book is beautifully written. A little treasure as well as a ray of hope.” Dr Carol Cooper, GP, award-winning medical journalist and broadcaster, and lecturer in communication and consultation skills at Imperial College, London


“An amazing book, very moving, thought-provoking and inspiring. I envy you the ability to write the most heart-wrenching words with such a light touch that the reader can bear to keep going.” – LA, who has a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes

“This is a great booklet for parents of children just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes – identifying with other parents’ feelings is just what you need when your child is newly diagnosed.” – LH, who has a son with Type 1 Diabetes


“A wonderful, poignant account that hits just the right note – emotional but not victimy. It is clear that the author is not after the sympathy vote but just sharing the emotional roller coaster she went through. Her hopes for a cure make the reader feel that they can do something really constructive (like donating!”) – VP, mother of three

“Excellent, emotive and simply expressed.” JD, mother of two

This is the second edition of this book, updated and with a new chapter added for World Diabetes Day 2014 (14 November), when it was also made available in paperback for the first time.

The first edition was originally published exclusively as an e-book for World Diabetes Day 2013.

Coming To Terms with Type 1 Diabetes: One Family's Story of Life After Diagnosis

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