Welcome to the Purr-fect Pals Page, a resource dedicated to making a “connection” with families dealing with the “highs” and “lows” of diabetes management. As the mother of a son with Type 1 Diabetes, I am committed to increasing community awareness and education about diabetes.
The Diabetes Connection offers information about the Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes book, personal insights, stories, information, and the opportunity for you to connect with those who share many of the same experiences.
In 1985, our eldest son, Joshua, was diagnosed with T1D (Type 1 diabetes) when he was fifteen years old. I have first-hand knowledge and experience with the many challenges diabetes creates. My father (of blessed memory) developed T2D (Type 2 diabetes) when he was sixty-five years old. Even our family cat,”Luke Skywalker”, developed T1D (Type 1 diabetes) when he was thirteen years old and lived to be eighteen. As you can see, I have some personal history on the subject!
If you or a loved one live with this chronic disease, you know the numerous challenges you and your family face—the tough decisions, the stressful issues and countless health care challenges. I’ve discovered significant ways to find comfort through my family’s history with diabetes. I continually learn as much as I can about the disease, return the guidance and encouragement I was offered.
I am passionate about my goal to help children and their families understand and manage the “highs and lows” of diabetes by reading my books.
Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes is a unique and engaging children’s picture, activity, and coloring book and resource guide written and designed to offer comfort, education, and encouragement to youngsters and their families who live with the never-ending challenges of T1D and T2D.
100% of the royalties from the sale of Purr-fect Pals to JDRF (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Author’s Message about Purr-fect Pals gives you helpful information about the book’s content and activities.
Kids’ Encouraging Messages were written by children and adults from ages 8 to 88, who live with challenges of Type 1 Diabetes. The 10 messages are designed to provide knowledge, reassurance, humor and encouragement to children and their families. You can read all 10 inspirational messages on pages 60-66 in Purr-fect Pals. “Everyone needs a Purr-fect Pal!”
Comfort Companion Stories for Parents and Care-givers are significant inspirational stories from our family and other families, which I hope will provide you with comfort, education and encouragement for you and your family.
Sheila’s Family Diabetes Story & Mom’s Message is our Glazov family history and my Mom’s Message to let the readers and listeners know they are not alone and that I understand what they are experiencing.
Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift chronicles the journey of a strong and independent heroine who has T1D (Type 1 diabetes). Princess Shayna demonstrates that no one is perfect, not even a princess. The princess faces her fears and does not choose to become a victim.
What Color Is Your Brain?® gives each family member an opportunity to predict and understand how they will react and adjust to the challenges of diabetes. Recognizing each other’s Brain Colors will readers reduce the stress, make better decisions about diabetes management, and increase the harmony in their lives.
10% of royalties from the sale of Sheila’s books is allocated to the Raue Center for the Arts Educational Programs.