SAMUEL Grant, a young author from Wigan recently made a donation of 50 books, to be gifted to newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes sufferers in the area.
The book explains the issues of being diagnosed as a diabetic to a child.
The 13-year-old chose Southport and Ormskirk hospitals to make the donation as it was the team there that saved his life after his diagnosis back in March 2016, when he was just eight years old.
The Southport and Ormskirk Hospital diabetes team, who feature in the books illustrations, were delighted with the delivery of the books and Dr May Ng at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust said: “We are so proud of 13 year old Sam’s book launch of ‘Oh One Day.’
“It is a delightful book that gives insight into Sam’s personal experience of Type 1 Diabetes and describes his journey from diagnosis to managing his diabetes well with the help of his family, friends and diabetes team.”
Sam’s Type 1 diabetic journey started, his Mum, Michelle Grant, said: “Just five days before Easter. Samuel, who was eight at the time, had been ‘under the weather’ for too long. They say ‘Mother knows best’ and after several doctors visits, which prescribed, ‘more rest’ I felt desperate.
“We decided to take him to the out of hours doctor at Ormskirk hospital, where much the same advice was given. As we were walking out I felt a prompting to take him to hospital and I responded by walking him straight back into A&E.
“There he was quickly and correctly diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. He was in DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis – a life threatening condition) It was then that the bombshell dropped. Our world felt like it had been turned upside down.”
Samuel, especially, found understanding the condition and all it entailed, difficult, and looking back he had commented: “I wished that there had been a book I could have read that let me know everything was gonna be ok! My new life, as a type 1 diabetic, was very different and explaining that to my friends was like talking to an alien. They just didn’t understand.”
Instead of feeling sorry for himself Sam, who as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, actively looks for opportunities to help others, used these feelings to inspire him to do something to help children who were in a similar situation.
He explained: “It was really hard after I was diagnosed but I felt that I wanted to help others to have hope as they experienced the same feelings that I had at that time. It was then that I first thought of writing a children’s book about an alien called Zegg. I wanted to help children who were newly diagnosed. One of my favourite authors is Dr Suess so I tried to write it in his kind of style.”
Sam hopes to be able to gift his books to NHS trusts all across the UK so they can distribute copies to as many diagnosed Type 1 children as possible.
For more information visit www.samuel-grant.co.uk