About the Book
As the birthplace of insulin, Canada symbolizes both the optimistic side of diabetes and also the reality of its continued presence in the world. Today, more than 3 million Canadians have some form of diabetes, and over 300,000 live with type 1.
Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that cannot be prevented or cured. Its sufferers are usually diagnosed before the age of 30, most often, like Heather, during childhood or their teen years.
With irregular daytime schedules, variable diets, exposure to alcohol, and inconsistent sleeping patterns, teenagers with diabetes must remember that neglecting to successfully manage their self-administered treatment can cause serious complications and even death. This is the extreme side of the illness. Through hard work and vigilance, patients can maintain control of their blood sugar and experience long periods of good health.
Through a combination of text and imagery, the book "Type 1 Teen" follows Heather over the period of one year as she contemplates the next stage in her young life: university, and a transition from adolescent to adult diabetes care.
Christopher Manson is a British photographer and documentary maker living between the UK and Canada. He completed his B.A. (with Honors) at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and his M.F.A. (Awarded with Distinction) at Ryerson University in Toronto. His photographs have been published in a number of publications including: The Observer on Sunday, The Daily Mail, The Express, Time Out Magazine, and on The New York Times LENS blog. In 2011, he self-published his first book of photography, Type 1 Teen - later that year, the book was nominated for a People’s Choice Award in the Photography Book Now competition. The recipient of a Visual Artists Grant from the Toronto Arts Council (2011), a Magnum Photos Scholarship (2010) and two consecutive Ryerson Graduate Awards (2009, 2010), his work has been exhibited in group shows at the American University Museum, (Washington, DC), Toronto Image Works (Toronto), and the CONTACT Photography Gallery (Toronto).