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Review of the book “Diabetes writes stories”
November 24, 2020 / Advocacy / Psychology / Type 1

Review of the book “Diabetes writes stories”

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 We rearranged the balcony.  Finally, they removed everything “necessary and unnecessary” that had been piling up over the years and put only a table and some chairs.  When I manage to escape my children, husband, and cell phone, I hide there with a book and coffee.  Recently, a new book on diabetes found its way to me.  I had already read too much about the subject so I removed it from myself.  As my husband finds it hard to accept “no” as an answer, so I eventually read the book and am glad I did.

 The book that wants to make an impression; has a hardcover, greasy paper, 200 pages, color illustrations, and 80% of transcribed information.  A bunch of factual data that is easier to find out by searching the internet and on ab ovo expositions that exhaust a man before he gets to the point.  This book does not play on the card of an impression but of content.  I immediately liked her unpretentious look.  Over time, I have learned that the most important things about most topics can be written on a maximum of 80 pages and I appreciate such an approach that saves my time.

 It is a kind of textbook that is not in the form of a textbook, but an opportunity to learn “on someone else’s skin”.  It deals with life topics: thoughts, attitudes, personal development, the ups and downs of emotional strength, all from personal experience, without touching the rules of glycemic regulation.

Helicopter parenting and transparent child concept, building children’s responsibility and adult character strength, falling in love, obsessions, overriding fears, priorities, awareness of human shelf life, “otherness”, “caring”, living by other people’s or own rules, desire for healing, self-perception self-esteem, burnout, non-acceptance of diabetes, guilt, misunderstanding of the environment are just some of the topics.  Perhaps the most important thing is not what the main characters have experienced or concluded, but the thoughts that their experience will drive us to.

 The real stories of five different people were selected, collected, and processed by Josipa Jakobek-Pamuković.  If it weren’t for her, they wouldn’t have seen the light of day, even though a lot of us are story material.  I thought at first that these were stories from Josipa’s life, while the book is actually a collection of stories from the lives of different people.  Such a concept has made it possible to focus on the different challenges of living with diabetes because, although the disease is the same for all of us, different things “hurt” us.  Thanks to the fact that one person edited everything, the book was written in the same style, uniform form, and way of expression, so it is readable and drinkable.

 The main characters wanted to remain anonymous, which repeatedly distracted me from the story to guess who is hiding in the story.  So a psychologist with diabetes is mentioned, and I think of a certain person.  Then on the next page I discover that the psychologist has a child so I have to conclude that this is not the person I was thinking of after all.  It is an indication that the destinies of us diabetics are different, and yet similar.  Each of us can be partially found in these five stories.  That’s how I “found” more real people in each of the stories.

Honestly, I understand the need for anonymity, it protects you from going into an erased space and a potential attack, but at the same time people who stand upright in front of everything they have ever done or really deserve admiration.

 What struck me most was the passage in which I found myself.  It hurts you when you clearly see “stupidity in someone else’s eye, and did not see it in your own.”  But while painful, such moments are crucial to personal development, if you can’t move in your attitudes, you stay stuck forever in the same circle.

 All stories have a happy ending.  I am aware that life is a sinusoid, but like most of you, I love when a movie ends with a throw in the arms after an action full of vicissitudes.  It seems to me that one of the reasons for ending each story in a positive way is that all the characters are more mature, smarter, with better views of life, which only experience can bring, today they certainly speak differently than they would say in the “fighting puberty years” , “Looking for yourself” in your twenties and “challenging thirties”.

 Be sure to take a peek at this unique book, it will bring you at least one tear and one smile.  And after reading, when it makes you think about your life path with diabetes – a wave of pride.

If you are interested, you can order the book through the web bookstore at a price of 79 kn (10-11€) at this link.  Support the first person with diabetes in Croatia who has published interesting stories from which you will learn more about living with diabetes than by reading classic “textbooks”.

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