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  1. Teens with Diabetes: Freedom is Their Secret Dr...

    [...] In the past few weeks, the diabetes community has suffered several tragedies in losing young people to diabetes. It is shocking and upsetting when diabetes takes the life of anyone, but somehow more so when it cuts a young life so short. Moira McCarthy Stanford is a journalist, a long-time JDRF volunteer and mom to…  [...]

  2. Maya Ramirez
    Maya Ramirez April 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm | | Reply

    I’ve had diabetes since I was 8 months old, when they removed my pancreas completely. Now I am but a few short weeks till my 21 birthday. I can relate completely the struggles of having diabetes my entire life. In a way though I am kinda happy I have had it my entire life, because I do not know anything else, literally. Since I was 10 years old, I attended several diabetes camps every summer. As I got older I would see some of the teen campers loose control of their diabetes. It really made me so sad, because I knew I wanted to live as long as I could, without complications. It wasn’t until college hit that I realized what these teens were experienced. You see so many people around you trying things and eating whatever they want, you feel the temptation. I slacked off a bit my first year of college, however I started to feel super sick due to the slacking of my management. I realized what kind of road I was heading down if I didn’t clean up my act. I knew what I wanted in life and how I pictured things would go. This self realization made me realize if I didn’t take care of myself, I wouldn’t be able to live a long prosperous life.

  3. Karen
    Karen July 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm | | Reply

    I totally understand what your going through. My stepson is 12 and was diagnosed with type 1 at a year and a half. Some days are great and others frustrating. He will check his sugar and give us a totally different number or lie and say he checked it and make up a number. Its scary because I dont want anything bad to happen to him. He is older now ans wants to be out all day with his friends and eat whatever he wants but how can we trust him is he continues to lie to us? In our head it seems so easy. Just check your sugar and cover yourself for what you eat. I feel like he lies on purpose just because he can and when he gets caught he acts like he doesnt care and says he never told us the wrong number or it must not have recorded correctly.
    We have tried checking his sugar with him, making him do it in front of us and all of that and it goes well for a short time and thrn life catches up and we slack and it goes right back to thr lies and us being angry and frustrated. Hopefully as he gets older it will get a little easier but we are just taking it a day at a time and trying to be there in his face about it all when we need to be.
    thanks for listening.
    Karen

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