Kids First, Diabetes Second Book

Kids First Diabetes Second BookIn the book Kids First, Diabetes Second: tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes, Leighann Calentine shares wit, wisdom, and tips for parents raising diabetic children.

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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

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About 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.

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Eric Hoffer AwardAwards

2013 Eric Hoffer Award

Kids First, Diabetes Second is a 2013 Eric Hoffer Award winner, receiving an honorable mention in the health category.

2013 Readers’s Choice Awards

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“After you’ve met with MDs, RNs, RDs, and CDEs to learn the ABC’s of diabetes care (insulin injections, glucose monitoring, treating lows), the next people you need to meet have different credentials — MOM and DAD. Here, Leighann Calentine, MOM, offers her wisdom and guidance on parenting a child with type 1 diabetes. The chapter headings tell it best, perhaps none more so than chapter seven: Less Stress, More Happiness. That’s the essence of Calentine’s book — offering thoughts and strategies to achieve the true goal of all parents: kids who are happy and healthy, even with type 1 diabetes. There are many books about the medical aspects of living with type 1. There are few about the “living a life” aspects of type 1. This is one of the best.” Jeff Hitchcock, Founder of Children With Diabetes

“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.

“It’s a from the heart, hands-on guidebook for parents of kids newly diagnosed with diabetes or for those who’ve been at it for some years. As Leighann says, there’s always more to learn and another tip or two to pick up along the way. It’s a book for parents of kids with diabetes, grandparents and other caregivers in a child’s life. DHCPs should also pick up a copy. We can all gain insights about the day to day realities of managing a child with type 1 diabetes.” Hope Warshaw, certified diabetes educator, author, Eat Well, Live Healthy website

Kids First, Diabetes Second is a must read for all T1 parents looking for a supportive voice. Even after three years of developing my family’s tool set for handling type 1 diabetes, this book proves there are still more tricks to learn. Calentine writes from the heart and it feels more like you’ve got a close friend sitting down with you, dishing her experience in carefully measured portions; handled so tenderly, so sweetly, you better make sure you bolus when reading.” – Dan Masucci, writer/director “DxONE” the first narrative film made about type 1 diabetes

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Nancy Walker of  ForeWord Reviews: “Kids First, Diabetes Second is a detailed, easy-to-read, and comprehensive guide. This no-nonsense treasure trove belongs in the household of every parent of a child with juvenile diabetes—not stashed away on a dusty bookshelf, but in a purse or backpack, always within easy reach.” (Read more…)

Ginger Vieira of Diabetes Daily: “Diabetes is complex, scary, confusing, and a non-stop job; Leighann’s book is the support system and toolkit that every family needs in order to make sure diabetes doesn’t get in the way of your kid being able to live life like a kid.” (Read more…)

Allison Blass of Diabetes Mine: “Although I’m not a parent of a CWD, I think this book covers the right balance of practical information on tactics and tips for managing diabetes along with how to deal with the emotional burden of raising a child with diabetes. When I was a child growing up with diabetes, I certainly never wanted to be singled out for a disease that I didn’t ask for, and I appreciate how my parents tried to make sure I didn’t miss out on anything. If you’re struggling with how to do that, Leighann definitely has some tips for you.” (Read more…)

Barb Wagstaff of Diabetes Advocacy: “I have been at this for over twelve (years) and am now a bit more crass. Would she be able to keep my interest? The answer was a resounding YES! She did a great job explaining things and then used a fabulous panel of experts to help fill in various areas.  The balance was brilliant and this is definitely a book that should be given to every newly diagnosed family at least.” (Read more…)

Kristina of One Happy Mama: “Leighann’s book was so wonderful…One of the things I loved about the book was that Leighann just laid it all out there so simply…I think it’s that helpful, positive tone of the book that I appreciated the most. It was encouraging and it was nice to read from another Mom who has “been there-done that” and has found some useful tips for us other parents. Sure, we all have to travel on this journey the best way we see fit for our child, but I love how Leighann SHARES what she knows. I think it’s that education and that sharing of information that really comforts those who are going through it all. We know others are with us, have experienced what we are going through and can relate. We truly are NOT alone.” (Read more…)

The Motherhood: “This book will tell you everything that doctors and specialists will not. Leighann doesn’t explain how to manage the medical aspects of diabetes, but rather, how to avoid allowing the medical aspects of the disease to take over daily family life. She stresses the crucial point that children should be children first, and children who happen to live with diabetes second.” (Read more…)

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Dialoging about Diabetes: PWDs Offer Ways to Improve Communication and Care #5 Leighann Calentine (aka The D-Mom) (Interview by Hope Warshaw on the Eat Healthy, Live Well website.)

Blogging Diabetes (podcast interview with Tony Rose)

D-Mom Says: “Kids First, Diabetes Second” (Diabetes Mine review and interview)

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News and Press

ForeWord Reviews

Leighann Calentine Launches Kids First, Diabetes Second at Friends for Life Event

Press Release Kids First, Diabetes Second

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Here are just a few of the resources listed in the book Kids First, Diabetes Second, which has eight full pages of resources including organizations, blogs, books, travel, 504 plans, sharps collection, and more!


Visit the D-Mom Blog Amazon store to view and purchase the following books.

See more diabetes-related book lists and reviews.

Borushek, Allen. The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat, & Carbohydrate Counter 2017 Family Health Publications 2017

Bertschart, Jean. Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: A Reassuring Guide, Wiley 1998

Chase, H. Peter A First Book for Understanding Diabetesicon, Hilton Publishing 2008

Chase, H. Peter. Understanding Diabetes, Children’s Diabetes Foundation 2006

Chase, H. Peter. Understanding Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors, Children’s Diabetes Foundation 2007

Higgonson, Sheila Sweeney. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day, Disney Press 2011

Scheiner, Gary. Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin-Completely Revised and Updated, Da Capo Lifelong Books 2012

Scheiner, Gary. Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Count: Featuring the Tools and Techniques Used by the Experts, Da Capo Lifelong Books 2006

Vieira, Ginger. Your Diabetes Science Experiment, Living in Progress Publishing 2011

Walsh, John and Ruth Roberts. Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump, Torey Pines Press 2006.

iPhone Apps and Internet Resources

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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
p: 734-913-1258 | e:

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