||Caitlin is 10. She was struck with diabetes three years ago. Since then, a neighbor girl was diagnosed, and they've become
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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
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 http://www.mendosa.com/mag.htm
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.
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 didnt do anything wrong.
I really didnt 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 wasnt that mad anymore. He
asked me to open the door. I wouldnt. 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 didnt
want anything bad to happen. He said I must start taking better
care of myself.
I told him that I didnt know what was wrong. I said I really
hadnt eaten too much and I didnt want any bad stuff to happen,
But Im 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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