Guest Post by Jennie Park, JDRF Volunteer:
After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1983 at age 7, my family and I relied on our visits to the doctor to get the information we needed. Since doctors only have a limited amount of time to spend with patients, it isn’t a surprise that 29 years later I’m still learning about my disease. When Dr. Christine Lee, an avid supporter of the Northern California JDRF chapter and mom of a type 1 son, asked me to appear in the DVD for Optimal Life: The Essentials of Diabetes, I was honored. I thought I would be giving insight into living with the disease. And while that turned out to be true, what surprised me was how much I learned about this disease from Dr. Lee so long after my diagnosis.
Dr. Lee founded her company Optimal Life (www.optimalife.net), with one goal in mind: to demystify the medicine surrounding diabetes by providing an easy, step-by-step guide to understand and control the disease. Her two disc series, The Essentials of Diabetes, covers everything from how to avoid complications to using glucagon in case of an emergency. She has followed this with her newest book, The Essentials of Insulin, which goes into detail about how to figure a correction dosage, proper carb counting, and even reviews how to adjust for travel. She covers the disease quite well and it really is a one stop shop for everything you need to know about diabetes.
The best part is that Dr. Lee is giving a portion of every sale of The Essentials of Diabetes to JDRF to fund a cure for type 1. Thank you, Dr. Lee, for putting a face to this disease, and giving back to help find a cure for type 1.
To learn more about Optimal Life and Dr. Lee’s other books, visit www.optimalife.net.