Leighann Calentine is an accomplished author and freelance writer with experience in online and print publishing. She has relationships with many members of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), including healthcare providers, researchers, pharma, writers, bloggers, patients, and caregivers. Her work has appeared on Disney Family.com, Sanofi The DX, and Insulet Omnipod Suite D. She’s been quoted in Diabetes Forecast and Huffington Post.

Her website D-Mom Blog is highly visible in the diabetes online community and her recently published book Kids First, Diabetes Second is becoming the go-to resource for families with a child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Read more about Leighann, see a list of links to recent freelance work and quotes, and read how you can hire her. Please use the contact form or email her at leighann@d-mom.com to discuss upcoming projects and events.


“I had the pleasure of working with Leighann on the book “Kids First, Diabetes Second” as a freelance writer/editor. Not only does Leighann write from the heart, in a friendly, conversational manner, she is obviously very knowledgeable about this subject and very detail-oriented. She is also professional, organized and repectful of deadlines.” – Robin Porter, freelance writer and editor

“Leighann joined me as an editor of our group product review blog, The Full Mommy, soon after its launch and has been instrumental in the site’s growth. She is a tireless writer and researcher and constantly seeks to improve the site’s look, organization, reach, and presence. We owe a huge measure of our site’s success to her.” – Catherine Holecko, freelance writer and editor

“Leighann’s expertise on raising children with type 1 diabetes was clear long before she published her first book, but her ability to share that information and knowledge in Kids First, Diabetes Second truly demonstrates that she is a leader in her field of knowledge. My respect and admiration for Leighann’s work and knowledge is endless. I have referred many friends and clients to her blog and to her book for their own education in raising children with diabetes. She is a gem in the diabetes online community!”- Ginger Viera, founder of Living in Progress and author of Emotional Eating with Diabetes

“The only thing that surpasses the knowledge one may gain from reading Leighann Calentine’s Kid First, Diabetes Second is seeing the passion from which the author has written. It should be on the desk of every diabetes educator and distributed to every newly diagnosed family who walks in their office. Bravo Leighann, bravo.” – Tom Karlya, vice president of The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

“After you’ve met with MDs, RNs, RDs, and CDEs to learn the ABC’s of diabetes care (insulin injections, glucose monitoring, treating lows), the next people you need to meet have different credentials — MOM and DAD. Here, Leighann Calentine, MOM, offers her wisdom and guidance on parenting a child with type 1 diabetes. The chapter headings tell it best, perhaps none more so than chapter seven: Less Stress, More Happiness. That’s the essence of Calentine’s book — offering thoughts and strategies to achieve the true goal of all parents: kids who are happy and healthy, even with type 1 diabetes. There are many books about the medical aspects of living with type 1. There are few about the “living a life” aspects of type 1. This is one of the best.” – Jeff Hitchcock, founder of Children With Diabetes

“It’s a from the heart, hands-on guidebook for parents of kids newly diagnosed with diabetes or for those who’ve been at it for some years. As Leighann says, there’s always more to learn and another tip or two to pick up along the way. It’s a book for parents of kids with diabetes, grandparents and other caregivers in a child’s life. DHCPs should also pick up a copy. We can all gain insights about the day to day realities of managing a child with type 1 diabetes.” – Hope Warshaw, certified diabetes educator, author, Eat Well, Live Healthy website

Kids First, Diabetes Second is a must read for all T1 parents looking for a supportive voice. Even after three years of developing my family’s tool set for handling type 1 diabetes, this book proves there are still more tricks to learn. Calentine writes from the heart and it feels more like you’ve got a close friend sitting down with you, dishing her experience in carefully measured portions; handled so tenderly, so sweetly, you better make sure you bolus when reading.” – Dan Masucci, writer/director “DxONE” the first narrative film made about type 1 diabetes

“I wish that Kids First, Diabetes Second was in print when my daughter Arden was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I spent years figuring out the things that Leighann’s book could have taught me in a weekend. A roadmap for newly diagnosed families and a reference for those that have been living with diabetes for years, if you are the parent of a child with type 1 this is the book for you.” – Scott Benner, author of Life’s Short, Laundry’s Eternal and founder of Arden’s Day Gives