Monday, January 17, 2011

Interview with Author Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach loves football and is obsessed with anything having to do with the Green Bay Packers or Tudor history. She enjoys crocheting and has been a blogger with a 20-year background in marketing and business. Cherie is an author of six books and a poet of three poetry books, including Father’s Eyes, which received the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review.

Hello Cherie. This book involves helping others to cope with diabetes. Tell us about your new book.

My latest published book is 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes. It's a part etiquette/part guidebook on the personal side of diabetes. It's meant to start a dialog between diabetics and their families on things like what to say, how to provide support, and which foods to have in the house.

I didn’t realize that dialog would be an issue. Where did you get your inspiration for your book?

I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and over time I've noticed that many of my friends and family say and do some really dumb (and sometimes hurtful) things in relation to my disease. Things like commenting on what I have on my plate, telling me how I "gave" diabetes to myself, or even just refusing to have sugar-free beverages around because they don't drink them. I don't think people mean to be hurtful, I just think if you don't have the disease, you view it from the assumptions and misinformation you've heard.

I wanted to write a really short, simple book (much shorter than the space I'm taking here to explain myself! LOL!) that people could breeze through quickly and yet still find a nugget that would change their perception about diabetes. 

Wow! You have really opened my eyes. You include stories based on your own experiences to illustrate your point. Can you briefly share with us one of these stories?

Sure. One woman I worked with used to comment every day at lunch at the amount of fruit I ate. I'd typically have a piece in the morning and then a piece of fruit at lunch. She'd scream for the whole office to hear, "I'm telling! You're diabetic and you're not allowed to have fruit! My niece is diabetic so I know better."

Obviously she didn't. Diabetics can, and should, eat fruit. For that matter, diabetics should eat a balanced diet like everyone else. Balanced is the key. Bottom line, though, this woman heard somewhere that diabetics couldn't have fruit, and she decided to become "the food police" with me. It was not only rude, but incorrect.

That must have been difficult to handle. A Reviewer wrote, “Often writers say if they can touch just one life or change one person for the better by telling their story, that their mission is accomplished… I was a prime target for this book; one of the guilty uneducated and judgmental non-diabetics with a friend who has diabetes.” Tell us what you think about this review.

I was really touched at this comment. It's true, if even one reader gets the point you're trying to make, it was worth writing the book. I loved that the reviewer was honest in admitting that even though she had a diabetic friend, she really had no idea what the disease was all about. Those kind of reviews make it all worthwhile as an author!

I understand completely what you mean. What a wonderful review! Now it’s time for the not-so-serious question. Tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

I met my husband through online dating, and on one of our first dates he made me dinner. I thought this was so sweet, and I started to think "Hey, I am really falling for this guy." I even let the thought "he's the one" float into my mind as we ate his delicious (albeit rich) meal of ribs, Texas toast, and macaroni and cheese.

A few hours after the meal, I started to feel bad. I had lots of pain that got worse and worse, to the point where I couldn't stand any longer. We were still on our date, and he was very concerned. I kept trying to shake it off, but he had to call an ambulance and follow me to the hospital! I kept thinking, "This guy is so going to dump me after this date!" LOL!

Turns out his rich meal helped set off a gallbladder attack. I had to have surgery and have it removed. From now on, we call his ribs "Emergency Room Ribs" because of that story.

Oh my gosh! Well, there’s one thing I can say. You have found a real gem of a man, a person who cooks delicious ribs. Not everyone is so lucky to find a man who cooks. Yum! I like the new name, “Emergency Room Ribs.” By the way, that happened to me, too. I fixed this luscious casserole for my husband and I promptly took him to the hospital that evening and found out that he had gallstones. The casserole was very rich and clashed with his system, setting off a gall bladder attack. So my husband sympathizes and understands completely.

25 comments:

Cherie said...

Thanks so much for the interview, Linda. Glad your hubby understands that rib story!

Cheryl said...

Best of luck with your book, Cherie. I posted about this giveaway at http://booktoursandmore.blogspot.com/2011/01/21-simple-things-you-can-do-to-help.html

Cheryl

Cherie said...

Thanks, Cheryl. I appreciate that.

Susanne Drazic said...

This sounds like a book everyone should read. I know several people who are diabetic, including myself.

My husband could relate to the gallbladder attack, but what set him off was eating lobster tail with butter. We were on a cruise; on our honeymoon. He had his gallbladder removed about a year later.

smdrazic(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judy said...

My mother, sisters and brothers all died from complications of diabetes. Your book sounds like something we should all read. Thank you. agent3547ataoldotcom

Anonymous said...

Hey we really could use this book for my husband, mother and mother in law!

frogz60@hotmail.com

mverno said...

i have a couple of family members with this problem i would love to see what the book has to say
mverno@roadrunner.com

slb3334 said...

I can totally relate to the gall bladder story as I have had to have mine out also.

slb3334@gmail.com

Candi said...

This is a great!!! I am going to print it off for my Grandma to read. I have just recently been learning about diabetes to help care for my Grandma. Sounds like a great book!!! Good luck :o)

rckmeade@cogeco.ca

Auqakuh said...

I have a friend who has had Type 1 diabetes since we were kids and I often wonder how life must be like for her in her various challenges and I also wonder of simple ways I can help without overstepping any boundaries or making her feel badly or self-conscious. This book sounds like a wonderful idea.
rararomp at gmail dot com

Heather said...

Both my parents have diabetes as well as one of my sisters. This book would be a wonderful resource for me.

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great resource book - thanks.

ladydoor1(at)gmail(dot)com

Cheri Gallant said...

My friend's 5 year old daughter was just diagnosed and I think this would such a good resource for both of us.

cherig@pei.sympatico.ca

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your interview. My sister has diabetes and so this is a topic close to my heart.

rkalra2010(at)hotmail(dot)come

Cindy W. said...

Good luck with your Packers this weekend Cherie!

I am a Type II Diabetic, as is my husband, my mom and my brother. I would really love to read your book. I know I get looks from people if I eat something they "think" is taboo for a diabetic. It's sad that people judge us by what we eat when they don't really know about the disease. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

jennifer57 said...

It looks like a great & helpful book that i would love to read.

Anonymous said...

My Father is diabetic.

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Benita said...

My husband is pre diabetic. It is so important to understand the facts and change the lifestyle. This book sounds invaluable. Knowledge and support-very important. Thanks for the possibility.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview. I agree with what you said about "balance"....everything in moderation. My friend's 2 year old son has diabetes. It has been very tough for them. Such a life changing diagnosis.

brown.heath[at]videotron[dot]ca

Katie said...

I would love to win this... I was diagnosed as diabetic in September and have been trying to learn all that I can to help myself!

kateh12783@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I know quite a few people with diabetes and would love to win this book.

Fyvle said...

a great prize

susansmoaks said...

this book would be very helpful!
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Susanne Drazic. You are the winner of Cheri's book. I know this book will help many people. Share it with others and let them know what you have learned. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by, and remember to check my blog often. I have book giveaways every week.

Anonymous said...

I would love any of your books.
michelle grayce
msuck27@hotmail.co.uk