BROSSARD - If you've been eagerly anticipating the release of Max Domi's memoir, the wait is almost over.
No Days Off: My Life with Type 1 Diabetes and Journey to the NHL will officially be released on October 29 and available for purchase online and in stores.
The 24-year-old forward authored the book with the help of Canadian sportscaster and journalist Jim Lang, and completed the project over a year ago.
Now, Domi is just seven days away from sharing his real story with the rest of the world.
"I'm extremely vulnerable in the book, but I tell the truth. I tell people how it is. I want people to know. It's not easy," said Domi, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 12. "Every single day is a new challenge for me. I play in the NHL, the best league in the world, and I'm still struggling with it and finding ways to overcome it. It's something kids and adults with Type 1 can relate to, and hopefully I can help them out."
In short, the purpose of No Days Off is two-fold - to both inform and inspire.
"It's about learning how to make the most of a tough situation, turning that into a positive and really bettering yourself from it. That's what I was I was trying to do, and I'm still working on that," mentioned Domi. "The title is pretty simple, but any diabetic can relate to it. It's a disease that you can't take a second off from, forget about a day - and it's very complex. There are a lot of things that go into dealing with it."
The five-year NHL veteran believes his journey won't resonate solely with Type 1 diabetics, though.
Those who aren't battling the condition can learn some valuable lessons from the content as well, most notably the importance of perseverance.
"No matter your age or gender, if you have a goal in life - no matter what happens, no matter what's thrown at you, all the adversity you go through - you can overcome it, make the most of it and still achieve your dreams," insisted Domi. "It's not a hockey book by any means. It's a book about motivation, and the story of a kid that didn't take no for an answer. The reward at the end is so much better, and it outweighs the grind of being in it by a longshot."
Video: Max Domi on living with T1 diabetes
With No Days Off about to be made available to the general public, Domi fondly recalls a significant encounter with Hall-of-Famer - and fellow Type 1 diabetic - Bobby Clarke, at age 13.
It made him realize that his NHL dream was still within reach, regardless of his diagnosis, and he committed himself to being a role model for others down the road.
"When I first met Bobby Clarke, I realized 'You know what? I met my idol.' It was the first time I've ever been in awe of someone. I was like, 'Wow! That took a minute out of his life to change my entire life.' There wasn't a day that went by after that I didn't think about him. I said, 'I'm going to do that for someone else,'" revealed Domi. "I wanted to put my story in print so as many people as possible could read it."
Video: Max Domi meets with Montrealers affected by diabetes
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to JDRF, a global leader in the search for an end to Type 1 diabetes through both research funding and advocacy.
For more information on No Days Off or to pre-order the book, click here.