There is much to admire in the tenacity of Quinn's mission. Since her diagnosis she has managed to put a positive spin on her chronic illness. Her personal story narrated in the book is done with an authentic conversational tone where you feel like you're listening to a friend tell her story. She gives a voice and insight into the challenges living with a chronic disease, navigating blood sugars, insulin. pumps and counting carbs. Quinn is not afraid to expose her emotions, all the highs, lows and in betweens managing to keep things in perspective and even finding humor in many situations. Her family and friends became her emotional support as she navigates the challenges of learning to live with diabetes.
"Quinn's story is accessible and honest with delightful twists of humor and personality. Her life is an example of triumph over struggle. She is courageous to fight her battles openly and shows readers by example that they can find strength by doing the same. What a wonderful story written by an inspirational woman! Quinn sprang to the national stage at a time when youth advocates were desperately needed. By being herself and channeling her pain into passion, she made a difference in people and health policy. This book gives insight to other aspiring advocates to strive for greatness and not accept NO for an answer. Failure and challenge, as Quinn shows us, can be used to make us better and stronger." Nicole Johnson, PhD, MPH, MA Miss America 1999. Quinn Nystrom had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Twin's game, in honor of raising awareness for diabetes. Quinn and family pictured.
One last note: Chapter 19 includes a letter Quinn wrote to Quinn. It was a poignant touching and heartfelt message reflecting on her life's experiences and blessings that came her way despite having diabetes. She is committed to her mission raising awareness for this chronic disease. In her words, “Surround yourself with family and friends who speak truth and love into your life. When you can't take another step, they will come alongside you to help you. Fix your eyes on God and pray for the strength to walk the path before you. And keep walking.”
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