A support system is a must. And I'm not talking the one we snap on under our clothes every morning, ladies! You need to find some people who know exactly what you are going through.
I had breakfast with some lovely ladies Friday morning. They all have kids with D, and one was diagnosed with it at the age of 12. One woman's son was dx at the age of 16 months. They had tips, tools, and ideas that could help me manage diabetes better. It was nice to talk with people who are fighting the same fight as I am.
If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, don't fight this disease alone. It. Will. Kill. You. Maybe not physically, but it will kill your spirit. And if it doesn't then you deserve to be knighted or something. But all us mere mortals need to be supported in this journey.
I am part of a message board (Place for Parents), and I love it, but there is no substitute for living, breathing, actual people. You can go to the JDRF site, and find your local chapter. They should know of people in your area that meet together. If there isn't anything, think about starting one yourself. I can be quite shy at times, and it's hard for me to put myself out there, but I know it is so important to my well-being.
Do it for yourself. Do it for your child. Do it because you need to.
1 week ago