Since my last post I published another book. I have always wanted to write children's books and also contribute writing books that really help people and make a positive difference. I decided to write a book called Can't Dia.beat.us The Highs and Lows of Raising a Type 1 Diabetic Child.
This book shares the very real, behind the scenes life of our Type 1 Diabetic Family. I have been contacted by families around the world thanking me for writing it and sharing that, "It's the first book that really has address the grief side of Type 1 Diabetes." Type 1 Mom.
There are helpful resources, inspirational extension writing and thinking activities, meal ideas and more in this book. I think it really helps people to see that we are not alone in anything we are going through. I believe that God gives us strength to grow and learn from any situation and that he carries us when we are weak. We don't have to know everything, but we do have to learn and progress in whatever personal journey we are going through.
For my family, writing Can't Dia.beat.us gave us all a way to share our emotions, talk about Type 1 Diabetes openly, and rekindled our fire for looking into new studies, doing cross country book tours, and connecting with other families who have Type 1, Type 2 and families who are also interested in the life we are living and the changes we have made.
For us, we travel a lot and also realized the health benefits that come from homeschooling our children. Our Type 1 son, Wyatt, was sick every week when he attended public school. Since we have been homeschooling him, he hasn't really be sick in 3 years. This is helping him since he hasn't needed antibiotics, his system is getting stronger, and he is able to fight off infections and germs he is exposed to by getting more rest, and we are really able to help him eat healthy to maintain better blood sugar control combining a protein, slow carb and a fast carb for his meals.
By having our own gardens and raising our own animals, our children are getting to experience small farm life, learn valuable lessons of responsibility, safety, respect, and the results of hard work, and they have plenty of creative and free play time to explore their interests and connect with friends.
We have found that we actually have more time for volunteer activities and enrichment activities such as piano, dance, scouts and socializing with friends, because we are able to work from home as authors and educational consultants, and we balance our school time, chores, free time, and are more connected as a family.
If you haven't read Can't Dia.beat.us yet, I hope that you will and that you will share it with others as a way to be inspired, see that you are capable of so much more, and that there is no challenge you can't overcome, if you are willing to try, be courageous, and have faith.
Please ask me any questions you have and I will respond. I look forward to connecting with you!
I just signed with a publisher for my third book, so look for more updates soon!
Trina Licavoli Gunzel
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