Tom is a sharp-witted seventeen year old, who has an invisible disability. Because no one can see it, no one understands. And he’s sick of it. He’s so wall-punching angry about it, he gets himself into deep water. And not just the metaphorical kind.
Incurable is a poignant, true story, told by a mother and a son, as they chart a course through the teenage years, while living with one of the world’s deadliest and most misunderstood diseases.
Type 1 diabetes differs from its better-known cousin, type 2, in two unique and devastating ways. It primarily strikes children and it is irreversible. No one seems to know this.
Those kids whose childhoods are debased by 20,000 insulin injections, must come to terms with this. They must grow up facing the physical and psychological perils of tormenting blood sugars, and at the same time, take over the management of their condition from their parents. Rebuilding the space station would be easier.
But it turns out that it’s possible. More impressively, it turns out that it’s possible to heal without a cure. Incurable throws light on an overlooked world that more than 1.25 million people in America must endure.
“I breathed a huge sigh of relief after reading what Tom experienced. Incurable normalized all the crap we are going through. I don’t think outsiders can begin to grasp the impact that type 1 has on EVERYTHING.” - Elizabeth Jokanovic, mother of a 14- year-old with type 1.
“Incurable really digs deeply into what it’s actually like to live on the edge, each day, with this disease. It’s a story of family and love, told in the voices of a mother and son, as they navigate the crisis of chronic disease,” - Lesley Kyle-Wilson, mother of a 17-year-old with type 1.
Lucy Broadbent is a journalist, author and mom of two boys. She has been a contributor to The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Net-A-Porter, and her work is syndicated world-wide. Her novel What’s Love Got to Do With It? was shortlisted for a prize by The Romantic Novelist’s Association. www.lucybroadbent.net
Tom Norland is a student at Goldsmiths’, University of London, studying Design. During summer vacations, he is a counselor at Camp Conrad Chinock, a camp for kids with type 1. His art has been exhibited at OneArt: Artists for a Cure, which raises funds for JDRF. www.tomnorland.com
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