Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes

By Amy F. Ryan


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Page count: 262
ISBN: 978-097-68813-5-3
Pub Date: January 2013
Category: Health Care

“This is an eye-opening account of the human story behind living with diabetes. Everyone who thinks they understand someone with type 1—and I include myself and my colleagues—can benefit from reading this book.”
— Daniel Einhorn, Medical Director, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and President-Elect, American College of Endocrinology

Shot is an intimate portrait of a young woman’s sudden transition to a life of insulin dependence. Treatment for a routine infection one Monday morning yielded, with stunning speed, to a glucose monitor, test strips, and a life-altering diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

In Shot, Amy Ryan shows what it really takes to live with and manage an incurable disease. She charts the essential duties that keep her stable while revealing the daily concerns, the simple rewards and victories, the fears of highs and lows, and the psychological strain of depending on herself, a drug, and a network of health care providers to stay alive with diabetes.

People who manage life-threatening diseases will recognize their own struggles in Amy’s compelling story. The millions who care for and support family, friends, or patients with diabetes will have their eyes opened to the human side of living with a chronic condition.

Amy Fitzgerald Ryan lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her family. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center. She practices law in Washington, D.C., with a specialty in commercializing new medical technologies. Shot is her first book.

“Amy Ryan’s important new book tells the truth about living with type 1 diabetes; the tears and fears, but also the inspiration and courage to overcome. If you’ve ever wished you could find someone who totally understands what you’re going through with this disease, Amy will be like a new best friend.”
—Dan Hurley, award-winning journalist and author of Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It

“Amy Ryan really understands what it takes to manage this relentless disease. Her view into type 1 diabetes is personal, frank, memorable and right on target.”
—William V. Tamborlane, MD, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Yale School of Medicine

“Shot is a heartfelt and moving tale about real life with type 1 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, or care about someone who does, you’ll love this book, and benefit from the love, aggravation and wisdom in Amy Ryan’s story.”
—William H. Polonsky, Behavioral Diabetes Institute

“The author’s transparency into her own story of diabetes is courageous and informative. This memoir is a moving read that will appeal to young women and diabetes sufferers alike.”
—Library Journal

“…hands-down the most “relatable” book about life with diabetes I’ve ever read.”
—Amy Tenderich, Diabetes Mine

“The book took me back to my early days when I was first diagnosed, which were good to remember; I could see how far I’ve come and how successful I am now. Shot is a realistic portrayal of first being diagnosed with diabetes, finding your way and learning how to tame it, remembering that along with glucose tabs, Amy’s last message of hope that should also be our constant companion.”
—Riva Greenberg, A1c Champion,