Today for Fabulous Friday where we celebrate and encourage self love and respect, I want to review a book I read recently.
The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes is written by Amy Stockwell Mercer, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting earlier this year at the Diabetes Sisters Conference. Upon meeting her, I was struck by what a great listener and empathetic person she was. Then I found out she was coming out with this book and got the opportunity to read it. Here is my honest review:
Aside from great advice on many aspects of life with diabetes, this book is often a compilation of different voices, gathered and arranged by Amy, into topics such as Eating and Motherhood and Exercise. The result, I found, was a chicken soup for the diabetic woman’s soul. Amy talks a lot about her own experience with type 1 diabetes all throughout the book and adds the separate perspectives of many other women with diabetes from all walks of life.
I was particularly surprised by how emotional I became while reading this book. I wasn’t expecting this at all. This book portrays the honest and open feelings and thoughts of women struggling with diabetes and since I’m struggling with diabetes, I couldn’t help but relate and find comfort in the fact that I certainly am not alone.
I also became very aware of some repressed emotions about my experience with diabetes. For example, I read about women who have struggled with eating disorders and realized that although I have never skipped insulin or thrown up, I have had a very intense and harsh internal battle with myself about the weight gain I experienced after my diabetes diagnosis. I realized that even now, I still have some unhealthy tendencies that I need to work on. There is advice found throughout the book that is gentle and practical and truly helpful in the area of eating and all the other topics the book covers. I imagine that for other women with diabetes, this book could help surface some emotions that need to be properly acknowledged and dealt with. Don’t be afraid of this, it’s a natural step forward towards healing and feeling better.
I saw someone on Facebook ask why a book would focus on women with diabetes. I think the answer is obvious. We menstruate, can get pregnant, go through menopause, and society puts unique pressures on us as women. This book speaks to us individually through the candid and often funny perspectives of different women with diabetes. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and appreciate Amy’s hard work, honesty, and willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to recognize some truths in me and another solid truth: that I’m NOT alone with diabetes. While our experiences are our own, it doesn’t mean someone out there doesn’t get it. I curled up on the couch with this book, sipped tea, and felt like I was totally understood by girlfriends. It was really nice :)
You can get the book here.