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Book about growing up with Type 1 diabetes scoops award

A book, published in conjunction with Diabetes UK, has been awarded the ‘2010 Minty Medico-Legal Society Prize for New Medical or Healthcare Book for the General Reader’ by the Society of Authors.

‘Diabetes Through the Looking Glass’, written by a Diabetes UK-funded paediatrician and clinical researcher Dr Rachel Besser, who has Type 1 diabetes, was awarded the prize at a Medical Society of London reception on 27 October.

An insight into growing up with Type 1 diabetes

In the book, Dr Besser provides an insight into what it feels like growing up with Type 1 diabetes. By combining her own experience with interviews with children and adults who share their stories, the book touches on some of the issues which affect children with the condition.

From the different phases of diagnosis and acceptance; hypos, blood tests and injections; school and the teenage years; to life beyond home, Dr Besser paints a picture for the parent of the experiences a child with Type 1 diabetes goes through.

“I am delighted to have achieved such a prestigious award for my book, which comes from the heart and is designed to be a useful tool for parents of children with Type 1 diabetes. My aim, when writing the book, was to give children with diabetes a voice. This award will allow their voices to be heard even more loudly,” said author Dr Besser.

Understanding the experience

“Getting diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes is a life-changing experience, for both parent and child,” said Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor, Deepa Khatri.

“That is why it is important for the parent to see the experience of having Type 1 diabetes from the child’s perspective, who may not be able to communicate effectively what they are going through themselves. ‘Diabetes Through the looking Glass’ does this brilliantly, and the fact that the book has won an award reaffirms this, and will also help to expose it to the large audience it deserves”.

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