Name: Eleanor Troutt
Hometown: Trabuco Canyon, CA
Diabetes Type: 1
Current Life's Work: Author
When life hands you a lemon, you squeeze it and make lemonade. In essence, that's what I did when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993. I soon found that handling this disease is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, 365-day a year job. I have never really become discouraged with this on-going battle because I look at it as a challenge. I think of diabetes as a wily opponent that I am constantly trying to outsmart.
Out of my own experience, I began to see there were analogies that I could turn into books for children who were living with diabetes. I wrote my first book in 2006 called The Little Red Sports Car. It's about a little sports car that isn't feeling well one day. His owner, Bob, takes him into a garage for a check-up and learns that he has a serious problem that will change the way he drives his little car. Instead of relying on an automatic transmission, Bob has to learn how to drive the car manually. In addition, Bob has to add a special additive to its motor oil. There are many parallels to diabetes, but the main message in this upbeat analogy is that life can go on as usual — just with a few adjustments.
I wrote my second book in 2012. It's called Winston the Amazing Dog. Again, it's an upbeat analogy about diabetes. Winston is a guard dog for a circus. One day, as he is watching the trainer, Max, teach one of the stunt riders a new trick, he realizes he can do that too. He becomes famous and people come to the circus just to see him perform. But one day he learns that he has diabetes and he is devastated! He thinks his circus career is over. But with the proper treatment, he is able to perform again and he goes on to become even more famous!
I have almost completed a third book, Boots the Giant Killer. Boots is a little kitten with a big problem: there is a huge cat in his neighborhood appropriately called Goliath, who constantly taunts and intimidates him. Goliath is clever and sneaky and often gets an advantage over Boots. However, Boots doesn't stay a kitten for long, and one day there is a show-down, which Boots wins. Again, this book is an analogy about the daily struggle, which a person with diabetes faces.
All of these books have one aim — to give a child hope that he can live a normal life in spite of diabetes. They are all available through Amazon and Kindle and have been well-received, especially by relatives of children who have been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Check out Eleanor's page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Troutt/e/B007UTD2GI
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