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I’ve written 3 books for children who have type 1 diabetes. The book titles are: I can Help take care of Me, The Moose with the Pump, How Do I take care of Me? I’ve lived with type one diabetes for over 56 years, since the age of two. I was one of the early users of the insulin pump (just over 37 years), CGMS (20 years) and worked on the development of the infusion sets, pump, and CGMS software as well as features. I began writing these books for a young six-year-old boy in my neighborhood was diagnosed a few years ago. When I went to look at what books and other information was written and designed for children I couldn’t locate anything I was comfortable giving him or his family.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
My goal is to inspire children to learn about diabetes and how sugar, insulin, and exercise all affect their blood sugar and overall health. My aim is ideally to help children to learn to live fully and completely, knowing that they have the ability to do almost anything as long as they take care to properly prepare and keep an eye on both their blood sugar levels and overall health.
I hope they find my books both educational and enjoyable. I want children to understand that diabetes is an important part of their life but it is livable and controllable.
What do you think is the most important thing your illustrations add to your book?
I have used both stuffed animals (in my first book) and child-sized dolls in my latest book (and video). I believe that having actual pictures of the equipment in use, along with patches, pins and other methods to help the children enjoy wearing the equipment and protect it.
What was your motivation to write your first book?
As mentioned earlier, my first book was written for a newly diagnosed young boy. Since then the response to that book (and further work) encouraged me to continue writing further books to help children understand what they are living with and how to both care for themselves and understand what they are doing and why.
What is the most memorable feedback you received from your readers?
I have had feedback from a few children (and their parents) telling me that it helps not only the child but the family and the friends of the child. I have also had feedback from children in a camp for children with diabetes who saw the video this summer. Children who tell me how much they’ve learned and how they are positively influenced to take care of themselves confirms that I’ve accomplished my aim.
Thank you for your time Yerachmiel!
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