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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love by Janet Hatch - Book Tour - FREE Book!! - Giveaway - Enter Daily!!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Janet Hatch and her new book, “Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Janet and to increase your chances of winning!!

This eBook is available for FREE on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!


My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love

by Janet Hatch

GENRE: Memoir



In this truly inspiring memoir, Janet Hatch shares her compelling story of raising her strong-willed daughter who, at age eleven, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. From the beginning of her life, Zandra experienced being different as a result of dietary restrictions, but nothing would prepare her for the tumultuous feelings that Zandra's diagnosis would bring. Janet's story chronicles the day-to-day life of raising a child through the teen years and into young adulthood, while reconciling her own insecurities.

After experiencing complications and additional illnesses from diabetes, Zandra's life became uncertain and bleak. When she learned of the death of her friend from diabetes, she began to spiral downward. This is a love story between a mother and daughter and demonstrates that although the bond may be challenged, it was created to endure. From travelling to Iceland in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association to receiving her beloved diabetic alert dog, Cinnamon, this story is one that will encourage all those who love a child, to look beyond fear and see beauty in every challenge.



“What’s the reason for your visit?” The admitting nurse at our tiny local hospital was staring at me impatiently while my eleven-year-old daughter, Zandra, shuffled nervously at my side.

“She’s showing signs of type 1 diabetes,” I explained, the words sounding unbelievable as I said them out loud.

“Well, we’ll see,” the nurse huffed in frustration. “We don’t appreciate people looking up “Doctor Google” before they get here; that’s the job of the actual doctor.” She tapped heavily on her keyboard while processing the paperwork. “We don’t have time for everyone who thinks something is wrong because they looked it up on the internet.”

Normally I would be upset at being administered a tongue-lashing, but this time I was too worried about Zandra. I wanted my theory to be wrong, and I’d take a curt retort any day over being right this time.

After spending what felt like several hours in the waiting room, the doctor finally appeared. He commented on Zandra’s appearance. He noted the dark circles under her eyes, her underweight frame and pallid colour. He immediately ordered a blood requisition, and within a half hour he returned to give us her diagnosis. “Her blood sugars are extremely elevated, and she has ketones in her urine,” he explained. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but she has type 1 diabetes.”



JANET HATCH is a mother of four who lives in Camrose, Alberta. She is passionate about using her experience of raising her diabetic daughter to support parents and caregivers through the emotional twists and turns of what can be a difficult journey of having a child with a serious illness. She is a lover of animals and enjoys spending time in nature with her dog, Axel.




**The Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love eBook is available for FREE on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!!!**


Janet will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Janet ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ Hope you are feeling much better!!! <3

  2. Sounds great, thank you for sharing.

  3. I'm always amazed how children handle diabetes and food allergies. One of my children's friends had diabetes and he acts like it isn't a big deal. He makes sure he checks his blood sugar levels and if you have never seen him do it before, he walks you through the process. He's only 8. Another friend is pretty much allergic to everything. She knows she can't have cookies or cake, but she will get some and tell you that she's taking it home to her mom, so her mom will give her an appropriate treat. The little girl is 4. And the mom actually does.

  4. What a great cover and I would love to read your book.