With a writing style extraordinarily unique, Cathcart streams his consciousness without hesitation onto the pages of his book, Persona Non Grata with Diabetes, named with his style of language of a quick wit and a sharp tongue, brewed from his upbringing in Glasgow, Scotland.
Raised in a working class family with a single mom, who created the picture that diabetes can and does happen to “normal,” everyday people, Cathcart opens the door a crack to shed some light on what it means to live with the disease.
“The work is a head in my hands reflection and looking forward of my life with diabetes,” said the author during an interview with Pacific Book Review. He continued, “What led me to where I stand at the moment I decided to write this book (seventeen years trial and blood sugar error, read as emotional turmoil lost in a bigger world) and through that four year period to completion.”
Interestingly, when asked who outside his family supported him, he replied, “It took some time to get to the development stage, where I was able to reach out and ask the opinions of fellow diabetics, on whether they felt the same. Ultimately their feedback was unanimous, we are all screaming inside with this condition in one-way or another. But until then and outside of that I wish I had better things to say.”
“Say” he does. Cathcart keeps his humor and welcomes readers, both diabetic and non-diabetic, with the understanding that you don’t have to face life’s struggles alone.
This book makes for an especially good read for those struggling with the sickness but it also serves as a good educational piece for those without.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: An everyday diabetic of 20 years experience; Cathcart has come to understand his diabetes as a state-of-being rather than its medical definition. With his core belief, that only through a rightful understanding can we accept a just responsibility to our shared condition.
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Title: Persona Non Grata with Diabetes
Author: Paul Cathcart
Publisher: Paul Cathcart
Pages: 424, Paperback/Kindle
Pacific Book Review
Pacific Book Review