This is a book about one person’s life with Type 1 Diabetes and the journey to the NHL. It is a story that is as inspiring as it is encouraging.
As a kid, when Max Domi was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he always had the same answer. He said he wanted to be a hockey player.
He was the son of a professional hockey player–Tie Domi–so he saw from an early age what it takes to make the NHL. It was hard word, resilience, and the support of a team. Over countless hours at the rink, on the driveway and in the gym, it can take a lot of work to become great. But Max chased his dream. It seemed that he was born to be on the ice.
But when he was twelve years old, all his aspirations were dashed. Max started getting sicker and sicker. Eventually, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Overnight, Max and his family found their lives upended. All he wanted was to be a normal kid, but suddenly even the simplest things were scrutinized. Would he be made fun of if he carried his glucose meter everywhere with him? Would his teammates think he was weak if his blood sugar went low at hockey practise? How much insulin did he need after a meal? And all the while, Ma felt the fear of what might happen if things went wrong on or off the ice.
Max soon realized that just as hockey required mental and physical toughness, so did dealing with his disease. Bit by bit, he learned, sometimes the hard way, not just to control his diabetes but to turn it into an advantage. If managing it meant that Max had to be stronger, more prepared, and more disciplined than others his age, then he wouldn’t just be good at those things, he’d be the best. he’d do whatever it took to get closer to his dream of playing in the NHL.
This book is inspiring, heartwarming, and exciting. It is a memoir about what it’s like to be a kid whose world is turned upside down, and what it takes to make your dreams become reality.
What a wonderful book, by a fantastic human being! Kudos to you!