"The View From Three Generations"

Talks on Juvenile Diabetes

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Book Endorsements

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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“Laura Plunkett’s story will help other families learn that they are not alone in what sometimes seems an overwhelming task to manage their child’s diabetes.”

Maryanne Quinn, M.D. Endocrinologist,
Children’s Hospital Boston

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation chapters in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles now give a copy of The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes to families of newly diagnosed children.Copies are being given as well to the family of every child diagnosed with diabetes at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

“The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes:
The View from
Three Generations ”

Juvenile Diabetes Speaker

An inspiring talk for parents and healthcare professionals

“It 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, diabetesincontrol.com

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

Kathryn Long,
Parent of a 12-year old

Who We Are

Laura Plunkett, columnist for Diabetes Health Magazine & diabetesincontrol.com, a web site 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 Healthy Child.” Laura has a BA in Psychology from Brown University and had a thriving psychotherapy private practice for 14 years.

Linda Weltner wrote the weekly column, “Ever So Humble,” in the At Home section of The Boston Globe for 19 years. Her column was carried by newspapers around the country through the New York Times Wire Service. She is the author of two novels for young adults and two collections of her columns. She was awarded the Best Columnist Award by the New England Women’s Press Association and given the Gold Award from National Mature Media Awards 2000 for best feature in a magazine. She has addressed over 300 audiences.

Jessica Plunkett was 10 when her brother was diagnosed with diabetes. Now a high school junior, she attended all hospital information sessions, spent a week at a family diabetes camp, and is Danny’s chief babysitter. Her writing has been published in Diabetes Health magazine.

Our Talks

“The Challenge Of
Childhood Diabetes”

Linda Weltner, Laura Plunkett, and 16-year old Jessica Plunkett talk about the impact of childhood diabetes from a grandmother’s, mother’s, and sister’s perspective. This threesome 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, they discuss the changes their family made in improving nutrition, increasing exercise, building teamwork, and overcoming the emotional and psychological stresses the diagnosis of diabetes places upon families.

The speakers address 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 in diet and exercise? How can families enlist friends and neighbors in supporting their goals? How can a child, like Danny, consistently achieve excellent blood sugar control?

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

Scott King, Editor in Chief
Diabetes Health Magazine

Speaking Recommendations

“One of the fabulous speakers [at UC San Francisco’s Pediatric Diabetes Symposium] 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.”

Amy Tenderich

“I highly recommend this talk given by grandmother Linda Weltner, mother Laura Plunkett, and daughter Jessie Plunkett at the Newton Free Library. Each speaker brought her own perspective for the audience to relate to; the adults gave the history of how the family learned to cope and now thrives; Jessie told her very moving and personal story about being a teenager in this home and how she welcomes the lifestyle, diet, and being close to her extended family. The talk was funny and lively, the audience had many questions and Laura had great ideas for eating and living in a healthy way.”

Beth Purcell
Programming and PR Director
Newton Free Library

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

Barbara Meltz
The Boston Globe

“Your process of changing family patterns is inspirational and of value to all of us.”

Mary Beth Keenan
School nurse, Martha’s vineyard

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Printable PDF files available
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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