Well To Be Well
Chris Steele MB ChB, GP and resident doctor on ITV's 'This Morning' programme
"Think Well to be Well is an absolute delight to read! It is written in a simple lucid manner, yet is packed with useful information, which will be particularly helpful to newly diagnosed diabetics and their families. Even those who have had diabetes for years will find this Pocket Guide invaluable in the management of their diabetes and their lifestyle - maybe it should have been called 'The Diabetics Bible'."
Hilary Jones MBBS, GP and resident doctor for ITV’s breakfast
‘’The authors of Think Well to be Well are very experienced in their fields. I have personally worked with Azmina, and an upbeat, practical attitude is very much her style. Complementing her skills with the inspiring thinking of a life coach like Nina, makes for a hearty cocktail of fun and knowledge.’’
Wendy Doyle BA SRD PhD. British
"Think Well to be Well has a refreshing approach, empowering diabetes sufferers and their families to care for themselves. It is fun to read and yet informative, easy to understand, and very positive."
Avery, Consultant Nurse in Diabetes
"I think the book Think Well to be Well is excellent. I like both the practical approach to managing diabetes and the encouragement it gives to people with diabetes to reflect on how they may help themselves... Truly empowering."
Reading this book reminds me of Aesop’s fable of the competition between the wind and the sun to see which one could get a man to take off his coat. This book adopts the tone of the sun, that won the competition with warm and gentle persuasion. I wish it had been available when my own son was diagnosed with diabetes at the tender age of 7.
The authors are very experienced in their fields. I have personally worked with Azmina some years previously on educational videos for diabetes, and an upbeat, practical attitude is very much her style. Complementing her skills with the inspiring thinking of a life coach like Nina, makes for a hearty cocktail of fun and knowledge.Testimonial by Phil Burrage
I should start by saying that I haven’t been able to read ‘Think Well To Be Well’ yet, but having had diabetes for just over half my life (admittedly I’m only 27 now!), and having spent some time with Nina towards the end of last year, I can’t wait to see what it says.
I remember what it was like when I was first diagnosed. I was 13, it was 2 weeks until Easter, and I was always last in the queue for school jabs. I was also due to be going camping with school in North Wales in May, and to Germany for 4 weeks over the summer. Life didn’t look too good when I went into hospital and they told me I would have to be able to inject myself before I could leave – I hated injections! I also remember the Specialist Nurse visiting us at home and saying that in a few years time, injecting myself each day would be like brushing my teeth! Yeah right!!
The problem was, I wanted a whole lot more than to just fit my life around a fairly strict diabetic routine, and the only way around the situation was to start on the Novopen regime – which meant 4 injections each day. I found injecting myself very hard at times, my parents would often sit with me for 10, 20, or even 30 minutes, trying to help in any way they could. Why would I want to do this 4 times a day?
Because I wanted to eat when I chose, and to play the sports I enjoyed so much when I chose. I struggled to do this on two injections a day, but the move to 4 injections a day seemed so daunting…
It was only last September that I met Nina. She was one of a pair of tutors on a ‘course’ provided for us by my Company. It was a very different course to any other I’d been part of; an extremely thought provoking two weeks of fairly intensive training around positive mental attitudes/thinking. What barriers do we perceive in our lives that prevent us doing things? What’s stopping us from breaking down those barriers? The answer? Usually it’s our own minds! I’m sure that most of us know this already, but aren’t entirely aware of it?
Since September, I’ve looked at all sorts of aspects of my life, including my diabetes, and tried to apply some of the tools I was given by Nina. You’d be amazed how much easier it is to resolve what might initially be seen as a challenging or difficult situation.
I mentioned earlier some of the difficulties I had in my first 2-3 years as a diabetic. They provided me and my family with a substantial amount of pain and anguish – I’m sure many families experience the same things? With what I know now, what I’m now fully aware of, I think that those times would have been an awful lot easier for us all!
If this book offers the same sort of information, as I’ve no doubt it will knowing Nina, then I would definitely recommend having a read of it. If you only take away and use some of the ideas that I’m sure will be offered in there, then I suspect life may start to get a whole lot easier?
‘’This video gives practical and achievable advice, demonstrating how small steps can make a big difference’’, Qaim Zaidi, Ethnic Strategy Co-ordinator, British Heart Foundation. (On Enjoying Healthy Living, a video by the Aga Khan Health Board (UK), funded by the Dept of Health. 2001. Available from N Films, Tel: 0121 507 0341).
‘’This video illuminates a global message about how a combination of good food choices and physical activity will make the world healthier. It is well presented with clear and concise take-home messages’’, Wendy Doyle, British Dietetic Association. (On Enjoying Healthy Living, a video by the Aga Khan Health Board (UK), funded by the Dept of Health. 2001. Available from N Films, Tel: 0121 507 0341).