Needles: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Diabetes
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Needles: A Memoir Of Growing Up With Diabetes

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  140 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG LIFE IRREVERSIBLY ALTERED BY ILLNESS
"I know about needles."

All her life, Andie Dominick adored her older sister, Denise. She wanted to look like her, talk like her, be her. Unfortunately, she got part of her wish when, at age nine, she was diagnosed with the same disease from which Denise had suffered since age two: juvenile diabetes. In th...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2000 by Touchstone (first published 1998)
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Petra X
This book is exactly what it says it is which is a memoir of growing up with diabetes and is not a memoir in general of Andie Dominick's sister's life, but only where diabetes has touched it. This could have made for a very depressing and disjointed book but the writing is so spot-on - detail where you want it, brevity where an episode is necessarily included but is not interesting in itself.

It's educational too. I had thought that type 1 diabetes was a matter of insulin injections and balancing...more
Leigh Ann
Dominick is honest and brave for telling this story. She validated many experiences of growing up with type I Diabetes (among other youthful issues!). Bravo!!
Imani
In my book my main character had her eye vessels pop, she went to the doctor to help stop that from happening they performed laser surgery. With the eyes vessels popping it could lead to her going blind.
At first I thought t hat if she continued to go to the doctor, it would stop and go away like a cold. But then after reading up on diabetes I learned that most of the time it does not go away even with going to the doctor u still lose your vision but with the laser surgery it helps slow down tha...more
Ann
This biography was awesome. Having a daughter with juvenile diabetes, we can relate to the day to day struggles of control and the fear of the unknown future. Many people don't know the difference between type 1 (usually juvenile diabetes) and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics didn't get diabetes because of their diet, or the causes of type 2 diabetics. This is a recommend read not only for all teens but adults as well.
Becky Mason
Mar 25, 2008 Becky Mason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diabetics
Recommended to Becky by: my brother
I didn't rate this one as high, although it's on my favorite books of all time list - i think the magic in this book for me might not be something everyone else could share - unless you too are a type 1. but for those of us who are, it really is magical to have years of misery and pain spelled out so perfectly and simply. it's not a depressing read, just hits close to home.
Jill
Dominick draws us into her life and complex relationship with her sister, explaining what it is like to live with type 1 diabetes, both as a sibling to someone with it, and then later as someone experiencing it herself.

I felt that she was eloquent enough to help the reader understand both the disease itself and more importantly her subjective experience of it. But she also made it clear that if you do not have it, there is no way to truly understand. Some authors might say this in a way that is...more
Kylee R
I really liked the book Needles by Andie Dominick. When Andie was growing up, her sister Denise had diabetes. She played doctor with her stuffed animals and dolls using the needles her sister used to her give herself a shot everyday. Andie never thought that the needles would belong to her one day, she never thought she would have to give herself shots everyday for the rest of her life. Growing up with diabetes wasn’t easy. Andie couldn’t eat a lot of sweets, sometimes she had insulin reactions...more
Mastura Ibnat
Needles by Andie Dominick is a memoir of the author's personal life and her struggle to live with diabetes. Andie had always looked up to her older sister and hoped to be like her. Well, her wish came true, but she got one trait she wasn't exactly hoping for: juvenile diabetes. At age nine, Andie must face the one factor that affects her friendships, school work and the way she lives. Throughout the whole book, Andie describes her relationships and how diabetes sometimes does affect what might o...more
Anna M
Spare, frank, memoir about the author's experiences growing up with diabetes. The stars are for a couple of excellent insights--there's a passage about how doctors assume diabetics must not be afraid of needles, even though they're fear-inducing even for folks who use them every day, that's stayed with me for a long time.

It's only three stars, though, because Dominick's life isn't that exceptional outside her diabetes. The few aforementioned flashes of insight could each be contained in a long...more
Lora
As a T1 myself, I was eager to read this memoir because the ADA, JDRF and every medical provider I've ever dealt with has made it sound like control is such a simple thing that every responsible diabetic finds a way to achieve. So I appreciated the author's forthrightness and the validation it gave me. At the same time, her experiences were so harrowing that this book hasn't exactly helped me in regard to my own relationship with the disease. I'd call it a cautionary tale, but not one that inspi...more
Megan
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Cathy Klingler
What at informative, educational book. It helps the reader see what it would be like to be a teenager when it was discovered you had diabetes. It's a realistic portrayal of her emotions, relationships, and her medical condition. Great read!
Erin
I liked the beginning and probably related more to it than the ending chapters but I hope that the author is able to go on with life as best she can can live happily
Angie
This book went so many places that I didn't expect it to go. Wow. It's a good read even for someone with no connection to insulin-dependent diabetes.
Serenity Huntwork
A good read, well developed. As the story went on and Andie got older, so did the 'tone' of the chapters and her view on diabetes.
Meghan
Good for a patient's view of chronic disease, even though the medical pieces are very outdated..
Jason Terrell
A little long, but it was a good and intersting book, read 160 pages in 2 days
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Andie Dominick grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in creative writing from Iowa State University. She published a book based on her and her older sister's experiences with Type 1 Diabetes, entitled Needles. She says "I have always loved writing and I've always loved to observe and comment on the world around me." Dominick lives i...more
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