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[RECOMMENDED!] The Insulin Express: One Backpack, Five Continents, and the Diabetes Diagnosis That Changed Everything by Oren Liebermann. Published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2017. ISBN 1-5107-1848-6. US$17.00

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5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 406.

I know what that means. Everyone in the type 1 diabetes world knows what that means. But now imagine that those numbers were preceded by these numbers: 28┬║ 14' 13.4" N 83┬║ 58' 44.8"E. Those numbers are the geographic coordinates for Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal, a stunningly beautiful but very remote part of the world.

The Insulin Express is part Casablanca-like travelogue and part suspenseful thriller. Oren Lieberman lets us tag along as he and his wife Cassie leave behind pretty much everything and set out on a round-the-world, year-long adventure. His tales are both amazing and amusing, from meeting a group of hard-drinking Australian physicians on holiday to discovering that he probably shouldn't have eaten the rabbit -- and you'll feel like you are right by his side. But you'll also feel the inevitable tension when he first feels ill in Israel, near the very start of the adventure. We all know what's coming, and we know he doesn't. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to shout back in time to him, "Oren, you're sick! Stop! Get to a doctor!"

Oren and Cassie's adventure will inspire you, not only with his rich, detailed descriptions of places most of us will never visit, but also with his determination to continue on after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It's a tale of inspiration, in the truest sense of the word. And after reading The Insulin Express, I cannot wait for the sequel.

-- Jeff Hitchcock

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