Diabetes Living: The Will to be Well

November 30, 2006

More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from some type of diabetes. This disease can strike both the young and old. Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, they face a life-long challenge that will affect their diet as well as their everyday lifestyle.

That’s why author Christina A. Staccia, MA, CRC reveals her challenges with diabetes and how she overcame them in her new book Diabetes Living: The Will to be Well. Staccia is one of the longest-living infantile onset diabetics. In her book, she reveals how she successfully reversed the complications of diabetes.

“Readers of my book will learn how childhood lifestyle practices helped me to delay and reverse complications while medicine was advancing. The continuation of these methods with modern medicine keeps me healthy,” states Staccia.

While the world awaits a cure for diabetes, diabetics have limited choices in how they can cope with and treat the disease. With younger patients, the parents often face as many or more challenges than the child. Caregivers of elderly diabetics also have many concerns about how they can safely help with treatment. With Staccia’s book, diabetic patients and their caregivers can overcome these challenges and make choices based on the experiences of a near 50-year survivor.

Staccia provides a wealth of helpful information about diabetes and how she learned to cope with it. With a little humor and much care, she provides many practical methods that diabetics can apply to their day-to-day lives to help them control and cope with diabetes.

“It’s not only the disease itself one must consider, but the possibility of other major health conditions such as blindness, kidney disease, or nerve disease. For diabetics to overcome the disease and its complications, they must first be equipped with the ‘Will to be Well,'” says Staccia.

Studies show that for well-controlled patients, the risk of diabetic eye disease decreases by 76 percent; kidney disease risks are decreased by 54 percent, and the risk of nerve disease by 60 percent. With these astounding numbers, there appears to be much hope for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Staccia shares how she was able to attain tight control and benefit from these reduced risks.

In Diabetes Living, readers can learn from one who has already been through the challenges, heartaches and lifestyle adjustments that diabetes brings. The author’s goal is to help other diabetics avoid unnecessary complications and improve their well-being for the future.

About the Author

Christina A. Staccia, MA, CRC is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has lived with diabetes for nearly 50 years.

More information about the book and author can be found at her website: http://www.A2ZDiabetesResourceCenter.com

For a review copy or interview, please contact Christina Staccia by phone at (614) 262-4441 or by email at office@a2zcareers.org.


A Man’s Torn Heart: The Loss of an Angel to Breast Cancer

November 29, 2006

An estimated 40,970 women will die from breast cancer in 2006 – one death every thirteen minutes, according to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

But how many broken hearts lie in the aftermath? There are no statistics for that story.

Alan Lobdell is a man whose heart was broken after the death of his beautiful wife, Maxine who, after just two short years of marriage discovered a lump in her breast. Three years later, she was gone.

Lobdell’s heartfelt account of how he met Maxine, of when he first felt the deadly lump in her breast, to the final moments of their lives together is both painful and powerful to read. It is meant to shed light on the other victims of breast cancer: the powerless, grieving husband.

Written for anyone who is touched by this killer disease, A Man’s Torn Heart is a powerful story of love and commitment as well as a guide for women to help their male partner through one of life’s most trying times. Travel with Alan through the pain of loss, listen to his wisdom, heed his advice, and the road to recovery will commence.

About the Author: Alan E. Lobdell was born in Aberdeen, Washington to Robert and Rhoda Lobdell. After high school Alan worked for some time and then joined the Marine Corps in 1971. He began his studies in civil engineering at Yakima Valley Junior College after the Marine Corps and married for the first time in 1974. Alan became a professional civil engineer in 1997.

Alan met Maxine on January 1, 1998. For him it was love at first sight. He and Maxine were married on May 24, 1998. Alan believed that he had married the perfect woman and still believes that to this day.

During his marriage to Maxine, she encouraged him to continue his education and complete his degree in management along with his MBA and MPA. Unfortunately, Maxine died four months before Alan completed his second Masters, which took the joy of completion out of it for him. Alan was not even able to attend his graduation due to his grief. Today he is just getting by the best he can while missing Maxine.

Alan has three sons, Scott, Christopher, and Bryan from his first marriage and a beautiful stepdaughter, Aolani, of whom he is thankful that she is so much like her mother.

For more information on the book A Man’s Torn Heart: The Loss of an Angel to Breast Cancer, please e-mail alvanos@juno.com or call 206-372-8652.

BOOK TITLE: A Man’s Torn Heart: The Loss of an Angel to Breast Cancer
BOOK INFO: (Hardcover ISBN: 1-59849-024-9 $30.00)
AVAILABILITY: Available from www.amanstornheartbook.com

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Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America

November 21, 2006

“Deserving Poor” or “Greedy Geezers”? New book debunks aging crisis

Despite the impending retirement of 76 million baby boomers, huge government deficits, and unrelenting battles over Social Security, the United States is now facing a demographic tsunami, according to a new book by two leading experts on the economics and politics of aging.

Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America addresses contentious issues ranging from the mushrooming market in “fountain of youth” anti-aging products to the ongoing battle over “saving” Social Security and other entitlement programs. Brandeis economist James H. Schulz and Case Western Reserve political scientist Robert H. Binstock agree there is considerable cause for concern. But they argue that with sound policies and programs in place and smart individual choices, the elderly can prosper — averting a future characterized by poor health, poor finances, and employer age discrimination.

“Many reform proposals today unwisely call for individuals to take major responsibility for their own economic security in old age. This will expose them to many new uncertainties and risks, risks that were minimized in the past by collective pension and health insurance programs sponsored by business and government,” says Schulz.

In his press conference following the mid-term elections, President Bush again cited entitlements as one of the biggest issues facing the country. However, the book debunks the aging crises put forth by the “merchants of doom,” who predict huge dependency burdens, Social Security bankruptcy, and inter-generational conflict.

“Our book offers a new aging policy framework based on the fact that the lives of Americans of all ages are inextricably linked with the fate of today’s and tomorrow’s elderly,” say the authors.

The authors analyze the impact of an aging nation on evolving private and public retirement policies, faltering employer pensions, skyrocketing health care costs, and the debate over entitlement programs. They argue that the threat to our future economic growth and economic welfare is not so much “population aging” as it is the old fashioned issues of promoting quality education, technological change, and business investment (historically, the key factors responsible for the impressive rise in our living standards).

James H. Schulz is the author of numerous books on aging policy, including the internationally acclaimed textbook, “The Economics of Aging,” now in its seventh edition. Robert H. Binstock has published six editions of the “Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences” and is a leading authority on the politics of aging. Both Schulz and Binstock are past presidents of the Gerontological Society of America.

Contact: Laura Gardner
Brandeis University