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Kids First Diabetes Second
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Leighann Calentine 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.

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"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. Highly recommended." --Children with Diabetes "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." -- Diabetes Daily "[Calentine] 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." -- Diabetes Advocacy "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 "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." -- Tom Karlya, Diabetesdad to the diabetes community, VP of The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation "...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." -- DiabetesMine "I read Kids First, Diabetes Second and thought it was fantastic. Leighann has clearly poured her heart into helping other parents help their children. I highly recommend this to anyone with a child with diabetes!" -- David Edelman, President, Diabetes Daily "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 of DxONE, the first narrative film about type 1 diabetes "Written in a language that reads like a letter from your best friend, Leighann and Quinn 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, author of Your Diabetes Science Experiment, type 1 since 1999 "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. It's 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, parent of a child with type 1 diabetes "Kids First, Diabetes Second is a most valuable resource for any overwhelmed parent looking to cope with a child's diagnosis and we recommend that parents who haven't read it should run not walk to get a copy!" --DiaTribe.org "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." --Kristina of One Happy Mama "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." --The Motherhood

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