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Kids First, Diabetes Second is now available from booksellers.

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Trade Paper 978-1-938170-00-3
E-Book 978-1-938170-05-8

The Book

Leighann Calentine of D-Mom Blog has signed with Spry Publishing to produce a book for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes. Slated to release summer 2012, Kids First, Diabetes Second will explore the many challenges surrounding raising a child with a chronic health condition.

Author Leighann Calentine’s daughter “Q” was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008 at the age of three. Leighann then began sharing her family’s experiences online on what later became D-Mom Blog. Today, D-Mom Blog is an influential online resource for families and caregivers of children with diabetes. Leighann is a respected health blogger and diabetes advocate, who was recently recognized as one of the 10 most influential people currently within the diabetes online community by SharecareNow’s online analytics and insights service.

Followers of D-Mom Blog will recognize Leighann’s practical, motivational approach throughout the pages of Kids First, Diabetes Second. Leighann presents her firsthand experiences—successes and challenges—and shares strategies that have worked for her family. The book addresses the most important questions and issues that affect children with diabetes. Topics include the initial diagnosis, diabetes management 101, getting into a rhythm, navigating mealtime, school situations, sick days, establishing a support system, and much more.

Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of those cases, about 215,000 are people younger than 20 years of age. For each of those young people, there is a family or other caregivers who will help them learn to manage their condition. Kids First, Diabetes Second strives to empower those families and caregivers to provide happier and healthier lives to children with diabetes everywhere.


“The only thing that surpasses the knowledge one may gain from reading Leighann Calentine’s Kid First, Diabetes Second is seeing the passion from which the author has written. It should be on the desk of every diabetes educator and distributed to every newly diagnosed family who walks in their office. Bravo Leighann, bravo.”Tom Karlya, Diabetesdad to the diabetes community, VP of The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

“Having lived with Type 1 diabetes myself for 13 years, I can only imagine the challenges a parent faces when their child is diagnosed with this tremendously complicated disease. Kids First, Diabetes Second prepares you for everything you couldn’t possibly learn from the hospital. With chapters covering every area of life with diabetes, this book includes letters from diabetes community experts on everything from going to diabetes camp, to exercise, to whether or not your child needs the flu shot. Written in a language that reads like a letter from your best friend, Leighann and Q have created a book that will absolutely give you the support and knowledge you need to get through every unexpected, confusing, and sometimes scary moment you’ll face while raising your son and daughter with diabetes.” –Ginger Vieira, Type 1 since 1999 and author of Your Diabetes Science Experiment

“I wish that ‘Kids First Diabetes Second’ was in print when my daughter Arden was diagnosed with type I diabetes. I spent years figuring out the things that Leighann’s book could have taught me in a weekend. A roadmap for newly diagnosed families and a reference for those that have been living with diabetes for years, if you are the parent of a child with type I this is the book for you.” – Scott Benner, author of Arden’s Day and founder of Arden’s Day Gives.


To receive more information about Kids First, Diabetes Second,
Leighann Calentine, or Spry Publishing, please contact:
Jeremy Sterling, Director of Marketing
Spry Publishing, 2500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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