Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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We are a diabetic nation: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three Americans born in this century will become diabetic. James Hirsch’s myth-shattering blend of history, reportage, advocacy, and memoir will speak for, and to, the 20 million Americans who live with this disease. Cheating Destiny offers revealing views of the diabetic subculture, the urge toward secrecy that many diabetics feel, the glycemic rollercoaster they ride constantly, and the remarkable perseverance—even heroism—required for survival.

Hirsch is uniquely qualified to write this book. An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, he has lived with type 1 diabetes for twenty-five years. His brother Irl, also a diabetic, is one of the country’s leading diabetologists. Most poignantly, he knows firsthand the toll diabetes can take on parents: his three-year-old son was diagnosed with the disease while Hirsch was writing this book.

Hirsch draws on all this expertise to craft an incisive, surprising portrayal of the fascinating science behind the disease and the skyrocketing impact of diabetes on our economy and society. Most striking is his candid, authoritative writing about the psychological and emotional hurdles that diabetics confront every day. Anyone who lives with diabetes—or loves a diabetic—will find here an empowering voice of empathy.
 

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I found myself relating a lot to the author and his family. Like his son, I too was 3 and weighed 33 pounds when I was diagnosed. I don't remember trying to run from my insulin, but I guess I might ... Read full review

CHEATING DESTINY: Living with Diabetes, America's Biggest Epidemic

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A character-driven account, written with barely controlled anger, of what diabetes is, what it is like to be diabetic and how and why the medical community is failing to deal effectively with this ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Diabetic Utopia
9
Insulins Poster Girl
25
The Burden of Control
45
The Diabetes Queen
56
Rewarding Failure Punishing Excellence
74
You Have to Be Brave or Else It Hurts
88
New Lows
112
Hightech Tradeoffs
135
Pushing Back the Horizon
152
Survivor Tales
240
Epilogue
257
Notes
269
Bibliography
276
Index
285
Copyright

Dr Bernsteins Solution
126

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About the author (2007)

James S. Hirsch, a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the author of Cheating Destiny, the bestseller Hurricane: The Miracle Journey of Rubin Carter, Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy, and Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam. He is also a principal of Close Concerns, a consultancy and publishing company that specializes in diabetes. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett.

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