Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family and #Friends – Adding Real Life Issues In Our Novels #DiabetesSucks by Jacquie Biggar

Welcome to the new posts from your archives with a theme of family and friends. Very important as our support system at the moment as many of us are isolated and out of physical touch. If you would like details on how to participate here is the link: Posts from Your Archives April 2020 Family and Friends

USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar shares a post from 2015 along with an update on the diagnosis of her grandson with Type 1 diabetes at age seven, five years ago. Her research and experience with the disease enabled her to use diabetes in the plot of one of her novels, The Rebel’s Redemption. Millions of children around the world are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and I know someone who recognised the symptoms in her own son after reading a novel. Fiction can be a great way to inform and educate.

Adding Real Life Issues In Our Novels #DiabetesSucks

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Sometimes real life issues can leave us feeling as though we’re drowning. Whether it’s health related, monetary concerns, trouble with family, or work, it sometimes seems more than we can handle.

This year my seven year old grandson was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, type 1 Diabetes.

Life-threatening.

Think that over for a moment.

Our happy, healthy little boy suddenly ended up in hospital for a week of testing, poking, and learning the routine surrounding his treatment. Blood checks every two hours, twenty-four-seven, all done to his poor little finger tips. Learning how to count carbs, fifteen for snacks, sixty for a meal, and believe me, that’s as tough to maintain as it sounds.

On top of that we had to learn to give him insulin shots before every meal and at bedtime. If you’re picturing a human pincushion about now, you’re getting close to understanding how we feel.

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This is from the American Diabetes Association:

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

And this, from the Canadian Diabetes Association:

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Without insulin, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy.

Your body produces glucose and also gets glucose from foods like bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, milk and fruit.

The cause of type 1 diabetes remains unknown. It is not caused by eating too much sugar, and is not preventable. The current thought is that type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin.

See more at: Living with type-1 diabetes

This will be a lifelong learning process for our family and it’s taught me to let the little stuff go, because compared to your loved one’s health- the rest just doesn’t matter.

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Update:

Since writing this post we received some great news. Our grandson was approved for the Omnipod Pump. The omnipod is a cordless pod that attaches by adhesive to the body wherever you would normally give an injection. A remote reads his blood glucose and sends a wireless message to the pod which then feeds the insulin into his body. The pod gets replaced every three days so instead of four injections a day = twelve in those three days he’s down to one!!

THE PARTS

The small, discreet Pod holds and delivers your insulin while the PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) wirelessly manages your insulin delivery.
The Pod

The PodTHE POD

A small, lightweight and discreet Pod you’ll hardly know is there.

  • Tubing-free design that doesn’t tie you down
  • Adheres securely to most places you’d give an injection
  • Precise insulin delivery that’s easy to manage
  • Internal reservoir, insertion components and pumping mechanism are right in the Pod
  • Inserts automatically at the push of a button, with no injection needles in sight
  • Waterproof so there’s no need to disconnect for bathing or swimming*
  • Now smaller, slimmer and lighter, but still holds up to 200 units of insulin
  • Stores personalized basal settings — so PDM can be out of range
  • Pink slide insert provides added confidence that the cannula has deployed

* The Pod is waterproof to 7.6 m for up to 60 minutes (IPX8 rating). Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) is not waterproof. It should not be placed in or near water.

The PDM

THE PDM

A wireless Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) that helps put you in control.

  • Insulin on board (IOB) is calculated based on correction and meal boluses
  • Wireless PDM works up to 1.5 m away from the Pod
  • Simple, intuitive sentences guide your use of the OmniPod® System from automatic priming and insertion to bolusing
  • Large, colour screen for the information you need at a glance
  • Integrated FreeStyle® blood glucose meter automatically incorporates your glucose levels into suggested bolus calculations and history records
  • Can be stored in your pocket, purse or backpack
  • Conveniently downloads data into easily understandable reports and charts
  • Customizable ID screen helps you easily identify your PDM

To find out more: My Omnipod

This will give him so much more freedom and is a huge relief to his family.

Type 1 Diabetes has no cure at this time, but with breakthroughs such as the Omnipod parents can breathe a little bit easier. 🙂

©Jacquie Biggar.

A selection of books by Jacquie Biggar

One of the recent reviews for Sunset Beach

Rebecca J. Claxon VINE VOICE  5.0 out of 5 stars Second Chance  Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020

Trace and Mona were so in love in high school until Trace got drunk at prom and spoiled Sally moved in on him. I was so glad to hear that Trace and Sally were no longer married. But I did feel bad for his daughter Bailey whose mother didn’t want her. Now Trace is trying to raise a teenager by himself and work as mayor. Mona still lives on the island with her teenager daughter Amber. The funny thing is that Amber and Bailey are best friends even though Amber is a couple of years older. I loved how Amber is so mature and does so much to help Bailey. I felt bad for Trace and Mona as I could tell they both had feelings for the other. Mona hasn’t let go of her pain of what Trace did to her at prom. I loved how Trace and Mona get thrown together a lot. There are secrets that come out too. I really enjoyed the book and strongly encourage you to read the book.

Read all the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Jacquie : Goodreads

About Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar is a USA TODAY bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want. That is until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has also contributed to several successful anthologies.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site: Jac Biggar

Connect to Jacquie Biggar

Website: Jacquie Biggar
FacebookJacquie Biggar
Twitter: @jacqbiggar
Bookbub: Jacquie Biggar

My thanks to Jacquie for sharing this post and I do suggest that you head over to browse her archives. Thank you for joining us today…Sally.

43 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family and #Friends – Adding Real Life Issues In Our Novels #DiabetesSucks by Jacquie Biggar

  1. I am sorry for this, Jacquie and Sally. Such a disease is unfair, especially when children are affected. The modern pump is a relief, but it is still a reduction in the quality of life. Thank you very much for the very useful information, and the best for your grandson. Michael.

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  2. It is very hard when our children and grandchildren are sick, especially with a lifelong condition like this. The family does adjust over time and everyone can manage normally most of the time, except when there are flare ups. All the very best for your grandson, Jacquie.

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  3. Reblogged this on Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author and commented:
    Sally Cronin shares an informative, personal post from my archives. My grandson just celebrated (yes, we consider it a celebration) his fifth year with T1D. It’s not easy for him, or his mother, but they are learning to live, and thrive, with his disease. He plays competitive basketball, skateboards, and gets into trouble just like all kids, and for that, we are grateful ❤

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  4. So glad he was approved for the pod. I have friends whose children have T1D and it is a struggle. I wish him all the best. Sending prayers for his continued success with his current treatment and praying for a cure.

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  5. It’s so hard to hear that, Jacquie. I can’t imagine how shocked you and your family were with your grandson’s diagnosis. It must have been five long years. Technology helps but it doesn’t take away our worries. I’m glad the omnipod allows your grandson to have a little freedom. My husband is type II. I know it’s hard for adults. For children, it’s a completely different story.

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