The ask to read the book “Too Sweet” came from someone that I had never heard of before. It was self-published with a title that made me nervous. Too Sweet? Was this going to be a book to toss in the “maybe one day if I am so bored that its read book or the encyclopedia” pile? I really wasn’t sure until I opened the first few pages.
I was instantly greeted with light and humorous prose. After a wonderful welcome to a disorder that “is part of your life forever”, I was reminded that a laughter and a positive attitude are key to making life with diabetes more manageable. I was instantly sucked in and eagerly looked forward to seeing what the rest of the book had in store for me.
As a parent of a child with diabetes, I cannot read a book about diabetes and “know” what the person with diabetes really feels. I can know the pain and broad range of emotions that a parent goes through but its not my disease and I am always interested in tips for parents or what other parents have experienced. Too Sweet is written by Laura Kronen who tells us that she was not diagnosed with type 1 diabetes until she was in university. She states her parents had a much more difficult time accepting the diagnosis than she did. They felt guilty and she felt it was okay to play on this guilt now and then. I literally laughed out loud when I read that Laura felt that her diabetes was her parents’ fault because they supplied her with faulty DNA! She felt that making them feel guilty now and then keeps things “balanced and gives her added attention when she feels particularly needy”.
This blunt, funny dialog continues throughout the book. Whether she is discussing how finger pricks have destroyed her finger prints and makes her perfect criminal if her book sales fail or the aggravation that comes with the dreaded wasted test strip, you read and learn with a smile on your face.
Laura gives those of us who don’t live with diabetes a good idea of how lows feel by giving them great names like the surprise low, the cranky low, the full but still have to eat low and many more. She also offers some very real advise on everything from pumps (which are not for everyone and she will tell you why) to the glycemic index to alcohol consumption. She also offers us a glib reminder of how insanely costly dealing with type 1 diabetes can be in a section called “I need more supplies. Do I have enough money in my checking account to cover them today?”
Too Sweet also provides some great advice on how to handle the emotional side of diabetes. From getting rid of negative friends to learning from your mistakes, Laura makes you laugh as well as makes you think.
I opened this book not expecting much so it didn’t take a lot to exceed my expectations but it did and then some. As I read each page, I was drawn in deeper and deeper. I appreciated the author’s attitude and ability to make me laugh. If you want to learn a bit more about living with diabetes and you want a relatively light way to do it, then I would definitely suggest picking up Too Sweet and giving it a read today.