The Diabetes Manifesto

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The Diabetes Manifesto

Take Charge of Your Life

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"Named a 2011 Library Journal Core Nonfiction Book

The Diabetes Manifesto gives people with Diabetes a book that will help them feel in control of their lives, regardless of their changing symptoms or disease status. As diabetes is incurable, it is crucial that people learn to live with it, productively and to determines the role diabetes will play in their lives, rather than endure a lifetime of stress and regret because of this disease. The Diabetes Manifesto will help them achieve this. Diabetes can steal one's dignity in many ways and those living with it can be scared, frustrated, confused or desperate. This book is about taking steps to preserve the important parts of ones self in the face of an all-encompassing disease, and to hold on to one's dignity.

The Diabetes Manifesto will take the reader through different aspects of life with diabetes in search of ways to make small changes, garner ones energy for the positive, and lift the spirits. This includes optimizing medical care and managing symptoms, but also extends to relationships, emotions, activism, and much more. The book is clear that the mission of all should be tackling and treating diabetes effectively. Your personal Diabetes Manifesto is your commitment to exploring and developing the possibilities of your life. This book is your guide.


Product Details

  • Publication Date November 11, 2010
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603941

Editorial Review(s)

"Crowe and Stachowiak explain the most important self-management skills for dealing with any chronic illness. A realistic, positive, and assertive attitude combined with solid health information is the best defense in managing one’s optimal health. Their well-written, tangible, and achievable advice is outstanding. An essential title for diabetes patients, their families, and health-care workers."-Library Journal

"They aren't kidding when they titled it a manifesto. Julie and Lynn have written that book you wish existed at the time of diagnosis. No topic is excluded; they truly get into the grit of daily living with this complex disease, all the while still making it humanly possible. Every diabetic, newly diagnosed or a lifelong veteran, needs to read this book. We can all learn something from their wisdom and practical guidance."-Emily Berthold, Editor, The Misadventures of Peabody,

“Written with passion and authority, The Diabetes Manifesto heartedly reframes diabetes self-management from victim to enlightened victor…the person with diabetes commits to "strive for a little better every day" using the tools detailed in the book, "the bottom line" is that you can have diabetes and a long, healthy, emotionally and socially rich, and purpose-filled life. The Diabetes Manifesto is a volume of good news for people with diabetes, their families, and social networks! “-Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, author of Diabetes and Health Disparities, Community-Based Approaches for Racial and Ethnic Populations

“Together with co-author Julie Stachowiak, Crowe urges readers—from the newly diagnosed to those who have lived with diabetes for some time, to truly become their own experts, to be assertive about what is needed, and to really take charge of their own diabetes for the healthiest outcome, both physically and emotionally. Bravo to The Diabetes Manifesto for sharing the tools needed to live with diabetes so that a person can have as much control of the condition as he or she could possibly have.”—Cheryl Alkon, author, Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes and blogger, Managing the Sweetness Within,

"The Diabetes Manifesto has all the direction you’ll need to turn over a new leaf in your diabetes life, in scrupulous step-by-step detail. Overall, I found the book packed full of great information and recommendations."

About The Author(s)

Lynn Crowe

Lynn Crowe currently works within the diabetes medical industry and has a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. She was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes when she was 12. She began her quest to help young people with diabetes as the Director of Youth Services of the American Diabetes Association of Southfield, Michigan. She designed and implemented statewide youth services programs for young people which have received national recognition.

After receiving her Master's degree Lynn worked for ten years helping people with traumatic head injuries both at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and the Children's Specialized Hospital.

She then returned to work in the field of diabetes, this time in sales and marketing. Today she uses her position to inform people with diabetes of their options and to ensure that they are using their medications to achieve the best possible results.

Dr. Julie Stachowiak PhD

Julie Stachowiak, the author of The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto has her doctorate in International Disease Control and Prevention from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and in 2007, she was hired as the Guide to multiple sclerosis for (Internet property owned by the New York Times). In this role, she writes articles for the website ( and has been called by Josie Byzek of New Mobility Magazine, "the best MS writer on the web."

Table of Contents

"Introduction: The Manifesto
1 Proceed With Confidence
2 Be a Diabetes Expert
3 Tackle Complications
4 Make Your Doctor Work for You
5 Help Treatment Help You
6 Create Health in New Places
7 Reform Relationships on Your Terms
8 Cooperate With Your Emotions
9 Get ""in the Mix""
10 Make Things Better
Conclusion: The Bottom Bottom Line