In this compelling personal account, Deb Butterfield writes about the world of diabetes from within that world, telling the story of living with this illness, through progressive debilitation, until she was finally freed of restrictions and needles by a pancreas transplant. She goes on to give a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in treatment, helping those who suffer from the disease to know their options. For the families of people with diabetes and the medical professionals who care for them, this book also offers a rare and frank insight into the life of a diabetic person. Most important, it is the first to embrace the era of cures and to urge its readers to reach beyond short-term coping strategies to find long-term solutions. Photographs.