Now that fall is upon us you may start to wonder about all the things that crawl across your floor or even your bed late at night. Chances are if you are a parent you’ve already heard of something called, “Bed Bugs.” If you haven’t though you should know that these little creatures actually bite people. They are known to be in hotel beds very badly but also your own. But bed bugs aren’t your only problem…..you also have spiders, cockroaches and even more bugs. I recently got to interview Janet A. Hurley and talked about the various bugs that might pop up around or in your home during the fall, including mice. EEeek. But she also talked about ways to prevent this, or cut it down and the diseases/rashes one can get from different insects.
I recently interviewed “Dr. Bruce Hankin” an optometrist with experience in eye health research and development. Take a peek at the video and learn his suggestions on eye care, in the next day or two I’ll post the entire thing view text for those that are more of readers and not listeners. I did ask questions in regards to tips on eye care, learning how to care for them and signs that something may be wrong, etc.
This morning I want to introduce you all to author, Cherie Burbach. Cherie has wrote a book on ways you can help someone with diabetes. I believe this book is a great way to start learning about the disease. Please check out 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes.
Would you tell us a little about 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes?
Sure! 21 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Someone With Diabetes is equal parts guide and etiquette book and will help people learn what they should (and shouldn’t) say, what they ought to learn to truly be supportive, and even how they can help in the fight for a cure.
Was there a lot of research in writing 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes?
Since it’s not a medical book, the only research I needed to do was talk to others with diabetes. I also have had Type 1 diabetes for twenty years so I relied a lot on what I’ve experienced over the years.
Who do you think should read your book? Diabetics only, family members of diabetics or someone else?
My intention with the book was to get friends and family members to have a better understanding about the personal side of diabetes. So often we hear about diet and exercise, but diabetes is more than that. The book is short and a quick read (by design) so it’s perfect for diabetics to share with their non-diabetic friends and family.
When were you diagnosed with diabetes? Tell us how you found out.
I was in my early 20s and training for a biathlon. I had all the classic symptoms (thirst, hunger, fatigue) and thought maybe I was just trying to do too much. I went to see the doctor and he instantly tested me for diabetes. At that time I thought only kids got Type 1 diabetes, so I was shocked to find out I had it. I also thought it was a disease people got if they weren’t healthy, and I was in the best shape of my life. So it was a surprise.
What are some myths about diabetes you’d like to share with us?
I’ll start with one I used to think myself before I had the disease: that only unfit or overweight people got it. Like I said, I was in the best shape of my life when I was diagnosed, so I found out first-hand about the reality of that myth.
Another common myth is that diabetics have to eat a super strict or odd diet. Diabetics just need to eat healthy. They watch portions, especially when they are on insulin. They can have treats occasionally. They eat like everyone should, with a healthy, balanced diet.
Do others ever fear you? (By this I mean once my father became a diabetic I was terrified of making him something that would kill him, even with his menu because he had to have exacts)
I’m so glad you asked this! Yes, they either fear me or totally ignore my needs. What I mean is, some people (and God bless them) try so hard to cook especially “for me.” They go out of their way to find sugar free recipes and think they need to do something so different in order to have me for dinner.
On the other hand, I have other friends that are so oblivious to my diabetes that they never even have sugar-free soda around when they invite me over. They offer me only sugared sodas or booze to drink. Sometimes I end up drinking tap water or just run to the convenience store myself when I visit them.
Now let’s dip into your life. What’s your daily schedule like and how do you add writing to the mix?
I’m usually up and at my desk by 7:30 every morning. First thing I do is update my writers blog with job leads and articles. Then I answer email, jump on Facebook and Twitter, and plan out the rest of my day. From then it depends on what I have going on. Client deadlines come first, so I prioritize by that. I work on client projects most of the morning. By late afternoon, I like to update my other blogs and then write articles or books.
I usually take a break in the afternoon to do a little playtime with my dog, run errands, take a nap (smile!) or whatever. I also take a break at about five to make dinner, eat with my family, clean up, and usually do some type of writing or social networking at night a couple times a week.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. There has never been a day where I didn’t find inspiration from something I was doing. Most of the things I write for pay (nonfiction books and articles) originate from my curiosity and belief that people want to know about it. My poetry comes mainly from my feelings, and the fiction work comes from stories I just felt like making up.
How many books do you currently have out? (What are they?) Do you have any in the works?
I have an online dating book called Internet Dating is Not Like Ordering a Pizza, and a book of poetry called Father’s Eyes. I also have four ebooks: Date Ideas for Every Season, The Difference Now (poetry), A New Dish (poetry) and At the Coffee Shop (dating.)
What would you like to say to someone wanting to write a book?
Keep writing and polishing and learning about the publishing business. Writing is the fun, creative part. Publishing is the business end. Never let the ups and downs of business interfere with the dreams of writing, but be realistic. Learn all you can so you can approach it with an educated viewpoint.
What would you like to say at this time?
Thanks so much for having me!
Thank you for joining us today Cherie, may your book soar through the diabetic community. You can pick up a copy of 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes at Amazon.com for $8.99.
Do ya’ll remember the book/movie, “The Deep End of the Ocean?” I remember this one, it broke my heart reading this book, but it is one that I’ll always keep nearby. Actually to be honest, it sits on my bookshelf right beside the computer, so I’m not joking.
Now being a mother to four children, I’m always interested in hearing about celebrities and their children. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that I’m going to share all that in an interview with ya’ll and Jackie Mitchard, the author of “The Deep End of The Ocean.”
First, Jackie actually has her very own blog, (yes even celebrities/famous authors have these) a column, 5 more books that have come out and 7 children. Yes, folks she has seven little ones to care for and some how she’s writing books. Jackie I’d love to know the secret.
Currently she lives in Wisconsin and says she loves the small town, especially around Halloween because the children don’t have to go trick-or-treating two weeks before Halloween. Wow, I’ve never lived in a town that had a certain date, course I grew up military and you just did it on the day. Course where she is gets really cold at night, especially when trick-or-treating so she always layers her children’s costumes with a lot of clothes underneath.
Since Halloween is fast approaching why not start off with her reply on costumes,
“Simple costumes work best. Kids love to have the chance to wear one outfit to school and another costume for a party or Halloween night. Hanes lets us mix and match – after all, it’s not a big sacrifice to transform a tee-shirt into a tux! They can have two or three different looks for a fraction of what store-bought costumes would cost for a fun and easy Halloween.”
Remember that Jackie has seven children, now think about all those clothes. This is what she has to say about dressing kids affordably,
Since I have seven children, affordable quality is a must-have. Clothes from Hanes are stylish and comfortable and I love that I’m able to rely on Hanes, for my children, my husband and myself, for comfortable, well-made stylish clothes that don’t give out after numerous washings.
I must agree, I love to get all those sweats and hoodies as my kids will wear them just about all winter long. However, with my son he’s really big into the white t-shirts and ya get so many for the price. Can’t beat that.
Since ya’ll already know she likes the internet I thought ya should know what her favorite sites are to visit,
Zappos.com, amazon, eToys, Hanes.com, MomSense, About Parenting.com and Mom’s Café on MySpace.
I love all of them, except I had never heard of Zappos until now. Thanks Jackie I think I’ll be headed over there to check it out.
But she did have this to say about how she thinks the internet is affecting parenting,
It’s [the Internet] very important to ME. I can look up anything from a series of symptoms and find out if my child needs rest and juice or antibiotics. I can get ideas for creative projects and play. I can talk with other moms about their own experiences and issues with toddlers and teens, which is very reassuring.
I totally agree, every time one of mine gets sick I google it. Reports are also done by researching on the internet. I don’t know what we’d do without it, and lets not forget my blogs.
Would you like to offer up any advice for moms/dads?
Stay calm and do more listening than talking in a crisis. Most things that you fear come to pass if you have the patience to wait out a child’s “phase” rather than rush to panic. This goes for anything from tantrums to tattoos.
I sure hope you are right, I’m so afraid of those teenage years.
Before we close I thought I’d update ya’ll on what’s going on in her life,
Writing and working with Hanes.com/kids to help spread the word about the brand’s new site just for moms and kids! My novel, “Still Summer” about four friends fighting to survive after a pleasure cruise turns into a nightmare was just published, as well as my second dyoung adult novel, “All We Know of Heaven.” I’ll be writing two more young adult mysteries and I HOPE they’ll become an enduring series! I continue to raise funds for MS, which affects the life of my best friend from childhood and am teaching a fiction seminary this spring in Fiji!
Jackie has a page up on Hanes/kids in the craft department so head over there to check it out. She discusses what costumes her kids have worn, have not and everything Halloween.
Here’s a list of interviews I did at Writerspace back in 2002. If you know of an author that would like to be interviewed by me just drop me a line. I know there were more but these are all that I have found so far, continue to check back for more recent updates.