Diabetes Educator and Poet

Even as a young child Shaina Hatchell would conjure up stories with her imagination, sharing them with anyone who would listen. She has developed her storytelling and writing quite a bit since then, but the thrill of language and creation she first discovered as a child has never gone away.

Today, Shaina Hatchell is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. Specializing in diabetes education has always been her life goal after growing up with her brother who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002. While working towards this goal, she used poetry to help alleviate stress. Shaina found joy in rhyming her poems and became known for spoken word by close family and friends. 

In her years as a diabetes educator, she realized that there is a need for more educational children's books. Combining her two loves, poetry and diabetes education, she has created the Shia Learns book series. These books explain diabetes and management simply and rhythmically. The first book to publish is "Shia Learns About Insulin", where we follow Shia and her parents' experience at new onset. We hope that you enjoy reading this book as much as she enjoyed writing it!