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Book 2:
Learning to Live With Diabetes

by Jed Block
Caitlin is 10. She was struck with diabetes three years ago. Since then, a neighbor girl was diagnosed, and they've become best friends.

Share our story with a child in your life to help deal with

• human
• emotional
• family
and practical
issues of a chronic disease and preadolescence.

Description: Chapter book for children, ages 9 - 12, written in the voice of a 10-year-old girl with diabetes. Parents, family members, friends, teachers, coaches, etc., also will find it helpful.

Details: Paperback, 5.5 by 8.5 inches,
107 pages. Released November 17, 2000.
ISBN 0-9672728-0-5. Price, $14.95 (Wisconsin residents add 5% sales tax), plus $3.95 shipping and handling.

Making the Best of Life, Book 2: Learning to Live with Diabetes
is the sequel to The Best Year of My Life. Written by Jed Block in the voice of his daughter Caitlin, who is now 10, it is just as moving as the first book. Jed is a gifted writer who beautifully conveys information in a simple way that children and adults alike will appreciate. While it was written for children from 9 to 12, parents will also find it valuable...
--Rick Mendosa

Making the Best of Life is the follow-up to The Best Year of My Life, telling the continuing story of Caitlin Block, now 10 years old, who was diagnosed with diabetes when she was seven. The book is a narrative, spoken by Caitlin. She tells about her life as a 10-year-old with diabetes and the challenges she faces. She talks about other kids at school worrying that they'll catch diabetes from her when another kid was diagnosed. She recounts a school field trip to a cave, where she and Ellie, another kid at school with diabetes, weren't allowed to enter the innermost cave for fear of going low there and not being able to get out. And she tells how Ellie introduced Caitlin to insulin pens, which she liked. Like The Best Year of My Life, Making the Best of Life is an excellent book for kids with diabetes. Highly Recommended.
--Jeff Hitchcock

When we got home, everyone went in the house.

I stayed in the van, locked the doors and cried. I hated this disease. I hated myself, even though I didn’t do anything wrong. I really didn’t eat too much at the movie. I asked God what was happening to me. I really cried hard.

My dad came out after a while. He wasn’t that mad anymore. He asked me to open the door. I wouldn’t. He had to go in the house and get his keys.

He sat with me in the back seat and put his arm around me. He said he got so mad because he was worried about me. He just didn’t want anything bad to happen. He said I must start taking better care of myself.

I told him that I didn’t know what was wrong. I said I really hadn’t eaten too much and I didn’t want any bad stuff to happen, either.

“But I’m just a little kid,” I said.

My dad started crying, too. He held me tight in the back seat. He said he was sorry and he would try to be patient and never yell like that again.

I said I was sorry, too.

Jed Block is the father and a caregiver of Caitlin, who was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes when she was seven. Jed has written professionally since 1976 as a newspaper reporter, corporate business writer, and independent contractor. He and Caitlin welcome correspondence at


© 2000 by Jed Block
Also available
Book 1: Getting Diabetes.
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