The Candy In My Pocket: The Wild and Crazy Life of a Type 1 Diabetic (Hardcover)
A percentage of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Candy in My Pocket, a memoir by John Robert Wiltgen, invites readers to embark on an extraordinary expedition, where he shares the profound lessons he learned navigating the tumultuous waters of life. Be prepared to embark on a journey that will take you across continents, introducing colorful characters and unveiling humbling circumstances.
Imagine becoming legally blind while working at becoming a renowned architectural designer. You have a mortgage on a building you've just started renovating, rent is due for your office, and employees must be paid. What would you do? Or picture yourself with kidney disease which ultimately requires a transplant. Then at the age of 30, you are diagnosed with heart disease requiring two medicated stents. How would you cope? And, what if you fought cellulitis and osteomyelitis with IV antibiotics for 20 years but finally had to have your leg amputated?
These are just a few of the amazing questions resolved in John Robert Wiltgen's compelling memoir. He battled many debilitating complications of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) while creating a highly sought after design firm with projects across America, Canada, Mexico-even Africa.
With unwavering honesty, Wiltgen chronicles the immense challenges he faced in his relentless struggle against this silent killer. But The Candy in My Pocket is not solely about conquering diabetes, it is also about the author's determination to preserve his identity and keep close those he held dear. This captivating narrative reveals Wiltgen's relentless pursuit of a life of purpose while remaining optimistic amidst overwhelming adversity.
As an award-winning international designer commissioned by celebrities, world leaders, and other luminaries his memoir includes larger-than life tales that are extremely entertaining. It includes exciting celebrity cameos with stars such as Jane Seymour, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie, Sean and Robyn Wright Penn, Steve Harvey, John Cusack, the former Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria (who is now President of that country) and Jesus.
John's heartfelt purpose in writing this memoir extends beyond personal triumph. With compassion, wisdom and his irreverent sense of humor he inspires individuals of all beliefs and backgrounds to embrace optimism even in the darkest of times.
By sharing the lesser-known symptoms and consequences of diabetes, Wiltgen also endeavors to raise awareness about this deadly disease. Through his memoir, he discloses the profound realities of living with diabetes, urging readers to recognize the importance of early detection and informed decision-making.
John Robert Wiltgen's narrative intertwines moments of adventure, laughter, and even fear, whisking readers away from their own lives and immersing them in a world brimming with hope and possibility.