Title: Diabetes and Wellbeing
Author: Dr Jen Nash
Reviewer: Michelle Parker, My Shared Pathway and Recovery Co-ordinator, Partnerships In Care.
What was it like?
The book is a warm exploration about how being diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes affects a persons wellbeing. Different from other texts about diabetes as it addresses the person and their feelings about diagnosis, support systems, esteem of self and others. The practical advice is about techniques, which help maintain wellbeing while considering and engaging life/health changes.
The book is divided into 10 chapters with clear titles, which makes it easy to revisit individual topics.
The author is a psychologist and is living with a diagnosis of diabetes. Dr Nash gives warm and encouraging pointers to the reader by breaking down evidence based framework into small self help tasks.
What were the highlights?
The highlights of the book are the interactive self help exercises and the extensive resource list, which is in chapter 10.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strength of this book is in the authors delivery. Dr Nash shares her own story about being diagnosed. Patient stories have found to be powerful in healthcare and are my full time work so any poetry or prose or text written by a person who has or is experiencing what they are writing about is a winner for me.
Who should read it?
This is a definite read for anyone facing diagnosis of diabetes and the myriad of emotions associated with diagnosis. On another note students and healthcare professionals should read this alongside other text in order to enhance compassionate care.