More than 240,000 children and teenagers are living with Type 1 Diabetes, and even more adults at 1.6 million.
A Michigan woman wrote a best-selling children’s book to help educate others about the condition, and to show others that having diabetes doesn’t have to limit the things that you want to do.
Vanessa Messenger’s book, Teddy Talks: A Paws-itive Story, stars her Pomeranian, Teddy, who helps a young girl named Emily navigate her diagnosis.
“In the book, he talks about all the ways they fuel their fun adventures through healthy choices and all of the fun along the way,” Messenger told wzzm13.
It also shows how Emily uses her Continuous Glucose Monitor to track her sugar levels throughout the day.
Unfortunately, Messenger’s mission to spread awareness about Type 1 Diabetes comes from her personal experiences.
She was diagnosed with the condition in her twenties, and finally decided to write the book while she was pregnant with her first child at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The thought first came to her when she was trying to find a way to explain diabetes to her daughter when she’s older, in a way that she can easily understand.
Her goal with writing the book was to teach children about diabetes and medical terms in an encouraging way, whether they’re the ones with the condition or it affects someone they love.
Messenger donated hundreds of copies of her book to different children’s hospitals. A portion of her proceeds are also going to clinical trials to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
In the meantime, her dog, Teddy, is helping her promote her book on social media, as well as educate others whenever they can.
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