November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Many of us have elderly family members who have been diagnosed in recent years with Diabetes, but few of us have had the experience of having a child diagnosed with the disease. Connie White Pirner has authored a new book, Even Little Kids Get Diabetes.
This book is aimed at helping children and their families deal with the many aspects of the disease. It begins with the sentence, “I’m only a kid, but I’ve got diabetes.” The narrator, a little girl, takes the reader through the symptoms that led to a diagnosis; her hospital stay to get the disease under control; and the aftermath. She is totally honest about crying when her finger is poked many times, her fear, and the measures she must take each day, like daily insulin injections and never, never, eating sweets. She tells of her parent’s feelings, and her sibling’s reactions.
I found the underlying positive message in a few key sentences like, “If you don’t do these things, you will get real sick. But you’re a regular kid”, and the most optimistic sentence that ends the book where she talks about the love of her family, “We do all this stuff so I can stay healthy until they find a cure”.