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Mommy, What is Diabetes? Book Giveaway


A Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes diagnosis can be shocking, scary, and overwhelming - not only for your child, but also for you. Diabetes truly affects the entire family, and when your child is diagnosed, they will likely ask you some tough questions...questions that you are probably asking, too!

ireneThat was the case for Irene Mallano, whose daughter Madison Rose was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2006, when she was only four years old. The Mallanos had no family history of diabetes, and Irene was struggling to understand the disease - and to help her daughter understand it as well.

“One day shortly after diagnosis, I was sitting alone in the kitchen full of tears. My daughter came in, put her hand on my shoulder and asked, ‘mommy, what is diabetes?’  along with many other questions I was unprepared to answer,” Irene told Lauren’s Hope in an exclusive interview. “With a frozen look in my eyes as I thought of what to say, she just hugged me and said, ‘don’t worry mommy. We can do this together.’ That is when I knew I needed to smile every day, and I wanted to make something for her and other families like us; because even though there were many books to read, none of them explained everything in a positive storyline for a child.”

mommy what is diabetesThat first burning question Madison asked about her new diagnosis soon became the title of their recently published book, Mommy, What Is Type 1 Diabetes? The book is written from Madison’s point of view, and follows her through her diagnosis and her day-to-day reality - checking glucose levels, carefully reading nutrition labels, and doing all the things she loves to do, without letting diabetes hold her back! It is written in easy-to-understand terms and includes photographs as well as hand-drawn illustrations to give a clear explanation of diabetes that even a newly diagnosed child can follow. A list of tips for families, a special section just for parents, a list of symptoms and a glossary add even more in-depth information to answer families’ questions about diabetes.

After writing such a helpful and inspiring story, you might expect Madison and Irene to be diabetes experts, but Irene says they still face challenges. “There is no daily manual; we just take it one day at a time. We have had days that are up and down but we do try to focus on balance and having fun too,” Irene said. “We manage to the best of our ability. Every day will not be perfect and once we learned that, we accepted each day as its own new challenge.”

Mommy Diabetes resized 600Mommy, What Is Type 1 Diabetes? can be purchased wherever books are sold, as well as online at Amazon, Google, and Barnes & Noble. An autographed copy is available through the author’s website at a 20% retail discount price, and one of our lucky blog readers will win a FREE autographed copy! 25% of net proceeds of the book are donated to the JDRF to assist in the search for a cure.           
Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of "Mommy, What is Diabetes" by doing the following:
For ONE free entry, please subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and leave a comment letting me you are a new subscriber. IF you are already a Lauren's Hope blog subscriber, please let me know within your comment. (mandatory)
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This giveaway ends Friday, July 22, 2011.


What a wonderful idea. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 18 months. She is now 3 and I would love for her to have a copy of your book. 
Also, I am already a bog subscriber. 
Thanks Wendy bastian 
Posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 10:47 AM by Wendy Bastian
I am already a blog subscriber. 
My 26 yr old daughter has had type 1 for 10+ yrs now...now married, would love to have this book for her in preparation for when she has children of her own to explain it to them...thanks!
Posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 11:11 AM by Dean Balu
I love this book idea!!! Way to go Irene & Madison!!! Wish this book had been available for me 27 years ago when I was diagnosed!
Posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 12:19 PM by Carrie VanDruff
I would love to have this book for my daughter who is now 2 and was diagnosed over a year ago at 14 months old. I also struggled with coping with her diabetes and some days i still do; but i know that i have to be strong for her sake. I would love for her to have a book explaining everything in a perpective that she would understand. Especially for when she says mom "What is diabetes?". 
I am a blog subsciber.
Posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 1:21 PM by Amanda Skeet
I am a new subscriber
Posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 4:26 PM by Susan Reed
My little princess was diagnosed 5 weeks after her 4th birthday. It was now been 54 weeks as a Type 1. 
She loves books and I think this one would be great for her collection. 
I have been a subscriber for almost a year.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:05 AM by Valerie Bennett-Seremetis
I am a blog subscriber already. My daughter Taylor was diagnosed with diabetes 1 year and 2 months ago. I will never forget going to the doctor that day and me telling the doctor that she was complaining of headaches, stomach pain, losing weight, always wanting to sleep and the doctor that she has been going to since she was borm told me that is was viral and if she isn't better in a couple of days bring her back. I then told the doctor that I had just checked her blood sugar about 2 hours before her appt and it was so high it wouldn't register and then she asked Taylor to get back on the table and to make a long story short the dont checked her and said in a situation like this we normally air lift her to Scottish Rite Children Hospital but Taylor is severally dehydraded we will admit her into ICU and send her out in the morning to the children hospital. We have really been through alot and her and I really try hard will her blood sugars and I know we could really use that book to help us even more.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:54 AM by Bobbie
Hi, My name is Leticia and i am a in the process of my daughters adoption, she and her siblings have been in the foster system for quite a while. My daughter was 1 and her sister was 4 mos. when they first arrived, and she had already had a lot of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. They went home 1 yr. and 10 mos. later for 6 mos. and suffered more sexual and emotional abuse than came back to us with a little 4 mos. old brother 1 1/2 yrs. ago. We went to vacation in March and she got very ill on the way home and was put in ICU due to sugar levels so high they were not even registering! She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 4 years of age. She has been through so much and to add she has been seperated from other siblings due to us having 3 out of 6, 2 older 1 younger. She is a strong child but also has questions and I don't have all the answers this book ould be great for our family.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:50 AM by Leticia
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