By Amy F. Ryan
Page count: 262
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.