Laura Plunkett's Two Talks

Speaking on Juvenile Diabetes

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Challenge of Childhood Diabetes

“We’’ll certainly want to recommend your book to the families of our patients.”

Stuart Brink, MD, President International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes

“This book is must reading for families with a diabetic child.”

Richard Bernstein, M.D. author of “The Diabetes Solution”

“During 30 years of hospital based pediatric nursing, it was not until I read this book that I had an understanding of the enormity of the changes that each of these families must deal with.”

Anne Phelan Bowen, R.N., M.S. South Shore Hospital S. Weymouth, MA

“Danny has attained and maintained near-normal blood sugars for the past two years, something that is rare in pediatric endocrinology.”

Diabetes Positive Magazine

“For any reader who’s feeling distraught and alone in the first months, this book will serve as a knowledgeable friend.”

Diabetes Health Magazine

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www.challengeofdiabetes.comSpeakers on Juvenile Diabetes

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in San Francisco and Los Angeles now gives a copy of The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes to the family of every newly diagnosed child. Copies are being given to the family of every child diagnosed with diabetes at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

“The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes"

"Raising Wholesome Children in a Fast food World”

Juvenile Diabetes Speaker

Two inspiring talks for parents and healthcare professionals

“This…will definitely help those who need to appreciate what people with type 1 diabetes go through, not only patients, their family members and friends, but also health care professionals.”

Eric S. Freedland, MD Diabetes researcher and columnist,

“It is vitally important for professionals to know patients’ perceptions of their care and approach. [This] gives them a family perspective and will help them be better providers.”

Jan Hangen M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Clinical Nutrition Specialist Children’s Hospital Boston


Laura Plunkett, a columnist for Diabetes Health Magazine &, a website for diabetes professionals, recently spoke at the Juvenile Diabetes Symposium at the University of California, San Francisco. The Plunkett family has been featured on a Parent-to-Parent segment on WHDH-TV and a Hometown Hero profile on WBZ radio.

Laura and her mother are co-authors of the book, “The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes: Family Strategies for Raising a HealthyChild.” Laura has a BA in Psychology from Brown University and had a thriving private practice for 14 years.

“I really respect how every member of your family is involved in leading a healthy lifestyle. I like how you see yourselves as role models for your kids. Healthy eating (and daily physical activity) is a learned behavior. We need to teach our kids how to take care of their bodies by actually taking care of our own. Thanks for sharing.”

Sylvia Butler, Dietitian

“Laura, your story of life with Danny has turned our world around.”

Kathryn Long, Parent

“I finally broke down and went to a therapist and she told me that I am suffering from depression. Has anyone else read ‘The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes’? Did you know that 24% of mothers and 22% of fathers suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome????!!!!! Did any of our providers think that it might be a good idea to tell us so that we might be able to feel like less of a lunatic when we find ourselves dealing with all of these crazy symptoms?”

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The Talks

“The Challenge Of
Childhood Diabetes”

Laura Plunkett talks about the impact of childhood diabetes and describes the family’s successful journey from crisis to competence that followed 7-year old Danny Plunkett’s diagnosis of juvenile diabetes in 2002. In this talk, she discusses the changes her family made to improve their nutrition, increase exercise, build teamwork, and overcome the emotional and psychogical stresses the diagnosis of diabetes places upon families.

Laura addresses such questions as: What do diabetes professionals and educators need to know about family dynamics? How can you encourage families to approach diabetes from a family systems viewpoint? How do you promote enthusiastic co-operation in making changes? How can families enlist friends and neighbors in supporting their goals? How can a child consistently achieve near-normal blood sugars?

“Raising Wholesome Children In A Fast Food World”

Laura tells how the diagnosis of her 7-year old son in 2002 prompted a complete overhaul of her family’s attitude toward nutrition and exercise, describing her family’s successful journey to a healthier lifestyle. She discusses the changes her extended family made, working as a team, and how she overcame her family’s natural resistance to such a turnabout.

She offers unique strategies for avoiding burnout, introducing new foods, and building a family consensus.

Speaking Recommendations

“One of the fabulous speakers [at the Pediatric Diabetes Symposium at UCal] was author Laura Plunkett, who wrote The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes, a must-read for parents in her situation. Very calming. Laura talks about the family dynamic because ‘focusing on insulin alone is not enough,’ she says.”

“I highly recommend Laura Plunkett’s talk at the Newton Free Library. She brought her own perspective the audience could relate to, sharing how her family learned to cope and now thrives. The talk was funny and lively, the audience had many questions and Laura had great ideas.”

Beth Purcell, Program Director
Newton Free Library

“Not only does Laura look like her mom, [a former Boston Globe columnist], but she also inherited her writing and speaking genes.”

Barbara Meltz, The Boston Globe

“Laura was able to explain to us (school nurses) the prolonged stress parents and families are dealing with when they have a child diagnosed with diabetes and how that stress continues. She is a wonderful speaker! Her book is excellent, with practical suggestions for working with parents and families.”

Kathy Hassey, President
Massachusetts School nurse Organizaton

“Laura is a very important voice in the childhood diabetes community!”

Scott King, Editor-in-Chief
Diabetes Health Magazine

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on several different talks

~ Laura Plunkett's Two Talks ~

~ The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes:
A View From Three Generations ~

~ Raising Wholesome Children:
An Intergenerational Perspective ~

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