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My Sister Has Diabetes and How That Makes Me Feel

Grace Rooney, Illustrated by Michele Pensa

From the author: My name is Grace Rooney, and when I was two years old, my older sister, Paige, got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At the time, there were many resources for Paige and my parents, but nothing for me. When I was six, I wrote this book. I am now 19 and have published it to support other siblings of kids with diabetes. I’d love to hear from you.

In the 32 years that our family has been involved in the type 1 diabetes community, I have never encountered a resource for siblings with the depth of insight I found in My Sister Has Diabetes and How That Makes Me Feel. With just 32 pages — 16 illustrations and 16 pages of powerful words — Grace Rooney shares the incredible range of feelings all siblings experience in a way that is both empowering and liberating. Parents should add this book to their diabetes library. Health care professionals should not only read this book, they should give a copy to every family they serve to help validate the complex emotions siblings experience and help them realize that, like their brothers and sisters with type 1 diabetes, they are not alone. Highly recommended.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. ISBN 9781515344520. $7.99.2015

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