• Elle & Coach

    Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything

  • “This book is much more than a heartwarming story about a triumphant little girl and her amazing dog. It’s a book about never giving up hope.”
    Michael J. Fox
    Actor, producer & activist

  • Elle, Coach and Stefany

Elle & Coach

Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything.

Elle and Coach is the endearing true story of a Type-A mom struggling to care for a daughter who has Type 1 diabetes–and the incredible service dog who changes their lives for the better.

Stefany Shaheen takes readers on an emotional journey as she tries everything to manage her daughter Elle’s deadly and unpredictable disease, all while juggling a family of four children. Overcoming the skepticism that a dog can provide answers that medical science is still seeking, the family finds a resounding sense of peace and reassurance through Coach’s near miraculous abilities as a medic-alert dog, specially trained to detect dangerous changes in blood sugar levels. Elle & Coach is a story of determination and finding hope in the most unlikely of places.

  • Elle & Coach

“This book is much more than a heartwarming story about a triumphant little girl and her amazing dog. It’s a book about never giving up hope.”

Michael J. FoxActor, Producer and Activist

“This book will inspire and encourage countless parents and children around the country. I loved it.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

“In addition to being a great read, the story of ELLE & COACH will open eyes to the very real struggle of life with type 1 diabetes, and may well change the conversations we have about how to make lives better while we work toward better treatments and ultimately a cure.”

Dean KamenInventor and Founder of DEKA Research & Development

ELLE & COACH is a must-read–not just for parents of children with chronic illnesses, but for any parent who’s ever wished to make life easier for a child who is struggling with something daunting. As the mom of a son who faced multiple surgeries during his childhood, I was deeply moved by Elle’s experiences–and inspired by the beacon of hope that her service dog provides. I have a feeling this book is going to change a lot of lives for the better.”

Jodi PicoultNew York Times-bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Leaving Time

“Coach is adorable and Stefany is one brave mom. But for me, the true hero in this book is Elle. Her voice comes through crisp and clear. Her determination to not just face life with diabetes head on but OWN it is a must read for anyone, parent and child alike. #1 member of the Elle fan club!”

Moira McCarthy StanfordAuthor and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Volunteer of the Year

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