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Not Dead Yet: My Race Against Disease: From Diagnosis to Dominance

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Part memoir, part sports adventure, Not Dead Yet tells the inspirational story of Phil Southerland's battle with Type 1 diabetes and how he overcame all odds to start his own bicycle racing team and twice win the Race Across America. Blindness, kidney failure and death were all predicted for Phil by age twenty-five. Today, not only is Phil alive and well but as the founder ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 10th 2011)
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I wanted to like this book much more than I did. Phil is an amazing inspiration for young T1 diabetics! I was diagnosed with T1 when I was six years old, and thankfully for me I had a diabetic role model--my father. I of course still made mistakes, and had a rebellious period (nothing too serious, thank goodness). For those kids (and families!) who are reeling from a new diagnosis of this disease, it is wonderful to know that there is such a success story out there. At the same time Phil does no ...more
This could have been a much better book. I enjoyed Phil's story of dominance over his diabetes. And his determination to become a great bike racer was inspiring.

But the editing? Ouch. Here's a quote: "In RAAM 2006 there were twenty solo racers (twenty-seven men and two women) ..." How does 27 + 2 = 20? Or this: "a series of four six-hour training rides from December to February, starting every Saturday morning..." Later the number of rides is given as fourteen, which correlates much better to t
Elliott Baring
The book 'Not Dead Yet' is an autobiography of professional cyclist Phil Southerland. When I saw this book on the shelf I felt an immeadiate connection as I have ridden and trained with this team. What makes this team so special is the majority of the athletes have Type 1 Diabetes. The story starts off when Phil was born and diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was about 7 months old. This is one of the youngest cases of diabetes ever. It explains Phil's childhood, his college life as he raced ...more
"as told to" memoir of a young guy with Type 1 diabetes (diagnosed at the age of 7 months) who became a champion bike racer, formed a team of riders with type 1 who won the Race Across America in record-setting time, and has devoted his time to fundraising for insulin supplies for kids with diabetes in developing nations, and encouraging kids and adults with the disease to strive for tighter glycemic control.

Very good job of conveying the highs and lows (both emotionally and in the literal terms
Holly Vickrey
This is a fantastic book for families fighting chronic disease, especially diabetes. I bought it to support Phil Southerland, but recommended it to my 10 year old son. He can't put it down. I think it's awesome that my son is inspired by it (he's the diabetic). Phil mostly talks about his dreams of biking and growing up in his family (is any family functional?), but he consistently overcomes challenges both related to his diabetes and some not (biking injuries, financial challenges).

I recommend
Durgaprasad Pawar
A good motivating read. You will know what it is like to live a life of a diabetic, what challenges a diabetic faces to be an endurance sport athlete. The story is well presented and isn't only about the problems of a diabetic. It's also about a kid who grew up accepting his diabetes and went on to become a competitive cyclist who now manages his own bike racing team.
Jenna Copeland
Great book to read to get a realistic, personal perspective on living with and beyond TIDM. I look forward to seeing how Phil manages the next phase of his journey building Team Novo Nordisk.
Linda Weisholtz
A quick inspirational read. Once you start it you can't put it down. Very realistic writing.I enjoyed it and recommend it to all people living with Type One Diabetes or Type One Diabetics.
Great book... couldn't put it down. It was very inspirational to read, loved learning about Phil's background and how Team Type 1 was formed.
Leah Wener-Fligner
Some of this was just a mediocre ghost-written melodramatic Overcoming Disease Memoir: Inspirationpants.

Some of it was spot on. See quotes.
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, funny, and inspiring. I can't wait for Emily to read this when she's older.
Christian Torgrimson
This is a very moving and inspirational story of how a world class athelete has dealt with a serious disease.
TL Sumner
Inspirational story that was a fairly quick read.
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PHIL SOUTHERLAND is the founder of Team Type 1, a team of championship bike racers. He and Team Type 1 have been profiled in numerous cycling and diabetes publications, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He lives in Atlanta, where Team Type 1 is based. Visit him online at

JOHN HANC teaches writing and journalism
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“After the mountains, I found that when my blood sugar levels were between 140 and 180, I was strong during my pulls--and felt refreshed and ready to go for the next ones. Same with Joe. This was a vital piece of information for all eight of us and we immediately spread the word among our teammates. Working out the diabetes strategy was as important as our race strategy. Bike-racing teams ahve to worry about a lot of things; Team Type 1 has to worry about all those same things plus a potentially life-threatening disease.” 2 likes
“We never did figure out why that overnight spike had occurred; perhaps it was a reminder that sometimes, diabetes management is an ongoing experiment. No matter how perfect the system, how good the technology, your disease can sometimes take an unpredictable turn. The way to handle it? Don't panic. If you can't figure out a reason, don't worry, just figure out a solution.” 1 likes
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