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December 3, 2008 > Diabetes Matters: Washington Hospital to Host Book-Signing Event with Noted Diabetes Educator

Diabetes Matters: Washington Hospital to Host Book-Signing Event with Noted Diabetes Educator

Washington Hospital is hosting a book-signing event on Thursday, December 4 with award-winning diabetes educator and former Washington Hospital Director of Diabetes Services Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE. The event is part of Washington Hospital's free Diabetes Matters education series. Garnero will lead the diabetes discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont.

Garnero's newest book, Your First Year with Diabetes: What To Do, Month by Month, offers expert advice for people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes. She was inspired to write the book after the American Diabetes Association (ADA) approached her to conduct research into what support materials were available for people with diabetes.

"I realized that there really weren't any books that covered the variety of self-care behaviors on a day-in, day-out basis with essential need-to-know information presented first," Garnero says. "Usually you will find books with nutrition in one chapter and exercise in the next, or books with a random smattering of helpful tips that don't follow a logical sequence. The key is in the unfolding, the timing of the 'when' and the reader's participation, and hence self-discovery. Health is no accident. With a little effort, this book guides people through it all, while focusing on the positive.

"What works is making small, incremental lifestyle changes over time," she adds. "What doesn't work is trying to change everything all at once. People with diabetes are often so overwhelmed with 'do's and don'ts' that the task becomes too daunting, and they lose their sense of 'I can do this!' That's why I organized the book into sections that empower people to take manageable steps to get their diabetes game plan in order."

With day-by-day advice for the first 28 days, as well as week-by-week guidelines for the rest of the year, each chapter of the book focuses on helping people understand what diabetes is and the changes they need to make in order to lead a normal, healthy life.

Each daily or weekly section closes with an interactive checklist to help readers track their progress. At the end of each monthly section, there is a review sheet for summarizing the lifestyle changes that have been successful and those that have not, thus helping readers to re-focus their goals throughout the year.

Garnero wrote much of the book while commuting on BART to Washington Hospital from her home in San Francisco. An accomplished cartoonist and illustrator, she also created the illustrations used in the book, which is published by the ADA and available on Amazon.com.

The book builds on Garnero's experience working with thousands of people with diabetes over the past 20 years as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with a Master of Science in Nursing degree and Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management. She also was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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