Quotes & Reviews
‘Haidee Merritt has produced an insightful, hilarious take on having diabetes based on real-life experience. Her book, One Lump or Two- Things That Suck About Diabetes is an perceptive and inspired comic book which could have been a collaboration between George Carlin, Linda Barry and Harvey Pekor. This is not a book to give to someone recently diagnosed with diabetes, but is perfect for laughs for those who have lived with diabetes and know the many and varied experiences life brings when coping with a disease 24/7. This is not for the faint of heart, either. It is perfect for a crowd raised on “The Simpsons” or “South Park” or “The Daily Show”. I am sure that even a Red-State Type 2 person with diabetes would find themselves chuckling at many of the comics. Diabetes Educators will probably want to post out-takes in their offices. I even see the potential for a tear-off daily calendar in Ms. Merritt’s future as her audience unfortunately continues to expand. Hats off to a person who has lived through many of the experiences diabetes brings with it and whose book deserves the attention of patients living with diabetes and of diabetes educators everywhere.’
Daniel Crowe, MD, CDE
Thanks so much for thinking of me. Your present was my FAVORITE. It did, however, take the wind out of my sails regarding my upcoming book, ‘It Sucks to Care for Diabetic Patients.’
David J. Itkin, MD
Humor is often an integral part of healing from disease. When it comes from a patient with the disease, there is an undeniable connection of understanding, insight, and a few essential laughs along the way. When this patient is also a writer, artist and a master gardener you have Haidee Merritt bringing a smile to the healing process.
Joseph Mosquera MD
Associate Professor-University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine,
Chief of Clinical Integrative Medicine, St Michaels Medical Center
While her cartooning style is whimsical, Haidee’s cartoons are not far fetched. The situations she creates are ones any diabetic can relate to. Haidee puts down on the page thoughts that many diabetics think buy may have trouble saying aloud, offering commiseration and validation. I want to stockpile copies to hand out to friends and loved ones (in a place my daughter won’t find them). If Matt Groening had diabetes, this is the kind of book he might write.
Nancy Parks, M.S.
Biomedical Researcher and mother of a 7-year-old girl with Type I diabetes.
Accessible to diabetics and non-diabetics alike, Haidee’s cartoons are rich fare, providing a new double entendre with every read through. Haidee’s gallows humor made me laugh out loud while her shameless honesty and vulnerability made me misty eyed. The “amputee rockets” were especially poignant give the number of amputations . . . and higher level amputations . . . and higher level amputations I performed while practicing medicine. I look forward to reading the next volume as I’m sure everyone who reads One Lump or Two–Things That Suck About Being Diabetic will.
Cara Powers, MD
I do agree with her that finding humor in the diabetic lifestyle makes it easier to cope with. Merritt has accomplished that quite easily with One Lump or Two.
One Lump or Two is a book that I find myself going back to again and again. It is so “me”, if you know what I mean. I think you will have no problem identifying with the humor too.
– Review in The Sweet Diabetic (click for full review)
Thank you thank you for a wonderful story. I hope all the people who have ever misjudged me read this article and finally understand what I do and why I do it .Must buy this book God Bless all Diabetics.
So Haidee, I visited your website today. . . Speaking of the diabetic fortune cookie cartoon. That is very very dark, and by the way it was hilarious. Christ can’t you just picture yourself getting that one. And of course it would be at a huge Christmas party where everybody reads what their fortune says. The absuridity of this disease gives demons center stage to what can go wrong will undeniably do just that in a countless different scenarios. Anyway to write and then to publish a cartoon that honors that core broken part of diabetes, the body’ rejecting the food it needs to live. You are my hero. At least that is my take on it…or maybe I just need another Heineken?
Way to go Haidee! Thank you for bringing your wonderful humor to bear on this full time, frustrating, disease. We love the book…keep at it. From two long time admirers.
I absolutely love this book! I am a T1 diabetic and have been for 17 years, diagnosed at age 17. IMHO: it is better to laugh at the little things that non-T1 diabetics can’t relate to, than to let yourself be overwhelme-d by the grief of all the negatives that come with having to check your blood sugar numerous times per day, injecting yourself several times per day, and sticking to the “everything in moderation” rule, not to mention those awful moments of low blood sugar and the tiredness that sets in immediately after you have stabilized. I Hate, Hate, Hate the fact that I am diabetic, but you either learn how to cope and live life to the fullest or let it rule every instant of your life and sink you into a deep depression. I could tell you all 100s of horrible stories of things I’ve had to deal with in the last 17 years as a result of diabetes, but I’ve learned from all of those times that in order to laugh at all this.
You have control it – it doesn’t and shouldn’t control you.
I LOVE Haidee’s Merritt’s take on living with Type 1 diabetes—and I’ve lived with this disease for 46.5 years (but who’s counting?)-! I’ve been both tormented by it AND triumphed over it (most of the time!) by learning to LAUGH, BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERY EXPERIENCE-, and by CHALLENGIN-G MYSELF to make the most every day of my life! Haidee, in my opinion, is not being negative at all. It takes a lot of humor and strength to look at life and help people laugh! I’ll bet if we pooled our resources and experiences, we could help Haidee create an even bigger batch of amazing cartoons!
After seeing them, I felt like all of a sudden, someone out there (and finally an adult, for once) understood me. Your sense of humor is priceless and I feel like I have a friend in your drawings. Thank you :):).
Lilli Klotz Foster
Just thought I would let you know that the book arrived yesterday. I LOVE it!!! You rock! I was at the post office on my way home and ripped open the packaging (very cool by the way) and thought I would just have a quick peep at the book. Anyway I ended up reading the whole thing while standing at the post office laughing raucously! I haven’t laughed so hard or for so long in ages! By the time I had finished I was having a hypo! I can relate to almost everything in there…Can’t wait for volume 2!
Excellent! I love your writing style and your ability to candidly & humorously convey the naked truth and reality of our “attached
baby that wants [us] dead.” Keep up the good work and keep up the good fight, onward, diabetic soldier! Can’t wait to read volume 2!
I as a long term type 1 diabetic 43 years have found it really frustratin-g that the media very rarely helps inform the general public about how serious this lifestyle really is. It is amazing after all the years and research done on diabetes and the complicati-ons that go along with it the media still does not help the millions of those with it educate the general public. I try to read every article that has to do with diabetes and yours was very refreshing. I have tried to embrace it as you have and laugh at it this has made me a better person. My family lost my younger brother because of a complication. Thank you for your refreshing out look on diabetes and the wisdom you have passed on Thank you.
More people like this around and I think it would be a much happier world to live in! Good for you, Haidee for helping others, even while you are going through the same thing. God Bless You.
Cannot wait to give this book to my Mom. She is a 50+ year, Type 1 diabetic and forever looking for “fun” ways to aid in managing her high’s and low’s. And I agree with you – a shiny, new, sharp syringe IS cause for celebration! Thanks, Haidee!
You touch my soul of diabetes Haidee. It is great. Positive compliance is the usual order of the day for ADA. Welcome to the dark side ADA. Educating the masses is your calling. Your ability to speak of the dark side of diabetes is so theraputic for me because most times it is only thought, if that makes any sense.
I received your book last week and wonderful note. I genuinely had so much fun reading and laughing out loud! You are an absolute talent.
Haidee, I just received a copy of your book yesterday and cannot tell you how great it was! I have been a type 1 for almost 30 years (dx’d at age 7), and it has taken me this long to find others that I can relate to! I was laughing hysterically on my couch last night saying “Yep, that’s me!” as I read about the struggles which you so aptly described though your art. Thank you for sharing this with the diabetes community. I look forward to a Volume 2!
Love what you wrote. Love, love, love. You Can write. You ARE a writer.
So when does the next book come out? 😉
Someone has finally put it on paper. I need and want to laugh… that’s why I really can’t thank you enough; this means a lot to me.
It was an honor to meet you! I love your book….I want everyone to love your book.
Jennifer D. Goldman-Levine, Pharm.D., CDE, BC-ADM
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
You have an “authentic voice.” Most people could not invent the stuff you draw if they were told exactly how to do it.
Too funny! As Cartman on South Park would say “You are a very disturbed little girl”. But funny as hell.
Clair and Vic
Hi – I’m in the Isle of Man (UK Crown Dependency) and would love a copy of your book – I’ve been diabetic for 50 years so I’ve lived through all the ABSOLUTE IGNORANCE thrown at me by people who KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR ME! Hey I’ve survived well doing it my way so I KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR ME. I have three children, three grandchildren and a great granddaughter – none have developed diabetes so far. I hid diabetes from my friends, workmates, bosses – didn’t mention it when I applied for my first driving licence – in those days it was better to pretend to be normal, keep the blood sugar “up” to prevent public hypos and hope it wasn’t too high. When I tested my urine in a test tube (that was the only way) if it was high I would add water, do another test and show my mum the false one!! But hey – I’m retired now and I still have two eyes, two kidneys and two legs, I run my three rescue dogs in Agility shows, walk miles, help a friend in a canine grooming parlour and have just completed a three year Degree course in Canine Behaviour and Training. There’s lots of things I couldn’t do (like join the Navy) but I found other things to do. Yeah – dammit – diabetes sucks! but gotta keep going – the alternative sucks more. All the best – keep laughing!
I hate not having the option
Wow, this is amazing insight and emotion in a few simple lines by Haidee Merritt on Riva Greenberg’s post, about Haidee’s new book.
Q: What don’t people “get” about diabetes?
Haidee Merritt: That it constantly screws with your head. It makes you doubt yourself, question yourself, redefine and reexamine yourself at every turn. It’s
not a static condition. It morphs and makes your body continually change. It’s an emotional disease as well as a physical one. It’s a social disease as well as an intensely private one. It’s a struggle. It’s not a disease you can beat in my opinion;it’s a disease you have to join. I hate not having the option.
I really love what she says here, because it sums up a lot of feelings I often have about diabetes. When someone asks me about my diabetes, I often explain quite openly about how it works, have a few simple examples and give them the gist of it pretty quickly.
They don’t get what diabetes takes though, and even though the interested people will often say “Wow – you seem to have it quite bad” – they still don’t really get it.
But you, reading this if you have type 1 diabetes – you get it. Like Haidee gets it. And just sharing this, getting it out, writing about it and knowing that others feel this way, is an amazing source of inspiration and determination.
Sure, I hate not having the option. But I’m inspired by others who fight this challenge every day in their own way, who achieve amazing things and go on to live incredible lives in spite of diabetes.
I too want to be an inspiration to others, like I find inspiration in you.
One Lump or Two – Things that suck about being diabetic
by Mike on MARCH 12, 2010 in FEATURED
Haidee S. Merritt is a self-proclaimed realist who knows, after 38 years of diabetes, how real the disease is. The collection of cartoons in her book One Lump Or Two: Things That Suck About Being Diabetic (www.HaideeMerritt.com) spans a period of more than a decade, starting out as nothing more than a few doodles and growing to represent a lifetime of personal struggles and experiences.
This perspective is rare: a bitter yet honest look at living with this disease since her diagnoses of Type 1 at age 2.
“When it comes to communicating with others about diabetes, I wholeheartedly believe in the need for opening up new approaches and energies. I find that illustration works best for me. I believe cartoons can really reach people who are reluctant to embrace traditional supports and therapies.
The art-therapy aspect of it is really amazing; it’s quite soothing to squirrel myself away and gnaw on the bitter nuts I’d been storing my whole life. So, not only are the cartoons a way for me to confront and accept things, but they have given me a way to tell other people about it. People ask questions after they read the book; it starts a necessary dialogue and makes every topic approachable.”
Haidee has traded-in denial as her favourite coping mechanism and chosen humour; she assures us this seems to be much more productive.
You will laugh at her cartoons – they’re perfect for those who have lived with diabetes and know the many and varied experiences life brings when coping with a disease 24/7.
Her goal is to become a Celebrated Diabetic Personality and she has an opinion on just about everything, so just ask.
A Cartoonist Laughs at Diabetes, and Her Book Will Make You Laugh Too
Haidee Merritt got Type 1 diabetes at the tender age of two and says, “What began as a few doodles represents a lifetime of personal struggles and experiences. My cartoons are a way to confront and accept things that are sometimes hard, and to communicate with others.”
For me, Haidee’s cartoons are an escape hatch — a get-out-of-diabetes-jail pass.
Here follows my third “Book View:” a short interview with an author and brief review of a book that offers an intriguing proposition.
Read more here.
One Lump or Two?
Like I wrote a few weeks ago, “Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile.”
But on the flip side of that, there are some diabetes-related things that make me grimace. (Not Grimace, but grimace.) And when I’m feeling down about the hard parts of managing this disease, I often turn to humor to lift me back up. (For me, a little gallows humor goes a long way in keeping me from really falling into a depressive state. It seems like a counterproductive idea, but it really helps me.)
Read more here.