Friday, December 18, 2009

The Sugarless Plum - Book Review

Diabetes runs in my family. I have some family members who deal with it on a daily basis. I've seen what it can do if left untreated and I've also seen how people are able to control it, without letting it overcome them. The Sugarless Plum is a story that relates how one person went through many stages while dealing with diabetes.

Book Synopsis:

Zippora Karz was a member of the famed New York City Ballet by the age of eighteen. By twenty she was staring as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

It was the stuff that dreams are made of until, at the age of twenty-one, Karz became exhausted, dizzy, and excessively thirsty. Heavy pancake makeup covered the sores, but she neglected to go to the doctor. When she finally did, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Her misguided attempts to obtain peak performance on stage while ignoring her diabetes regimen almost became fatal.

After a long and difficult struggle, Karz eventually learned to value her body and work with it, rather than rage at its limitations. In The Sugarless Plum, Karz shares her journey from denial, shame, and miseducation about her illness to how she led an active, balanced, and satisfying life as an insulin-dependent diabetic and soloist with one of the world's most famous ballet companies. Through her story, those struggling with diabetes and other serious illnesses can find encouragement and inspiration, as well as practical advice on achieving physical and emotional wellness.

My Take:

This book is not just for those with diabetes. Although it resonates well with those diagnosed with the disease, it is also a book of hope and perseverence. Karz does a fine job of detailing every step of what she has went through in coping with diabetes. This book made me take a step back and evaluate what steps I need to take to help prevent diabetes and promote well-being in other areas of my life. I felt emotions of shock, sympathy, and compassion for the author as she took me through her ups and downs. This book is a great read.

I received book for review from FSB Associates. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products, as your opinion may differ.


Cindi said...

This sounds like an interesting and informative read. Maybe I have time to grab some copies as gifts for the diabetics in my life. Merry Christmas

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow what a great book, and great awareness needed!