Being a teen is difficult enough, but when you add diabetes into the mix, the adolescent years become even more complicated and emotionally overwhelming. I know that’s not breaking news, but today we bring you a new workbook called Help with the Hard Stuff, coming out soon to aid both parents and teens deal with the difficult questions surrounding teens’ health: everything from feeling invincible, to how to handle depression and guilt over diabetes, to…Read more »
Michelle Page Alswager is a long-time diabetes advocate, whose mission has taken on new meaning since the sudden and tragic passing of her son, Jesse, in February of this year at only 13. Michelle is a former Executive Director for the Western Wisconsin chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but continues to volunteer and participate in their Ride to Cure Diabetes, as well as working with the group Triabetes, a triathlon club for PWDs. …Read more »
How do you explain to a young child with diabetes why her parents are hurting her with finger pricks and insulin injections every day? Hollywood producer Rocky Lang is one dad who struggled with that dilemma. In 2001, his ten-year-old daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She handled her diagnosis remarkably well. But then a short time later, Lara, his ex-wife’s daughter from her new marriage, was diagnosed with diabetes at only 18…Read more »
Were you a child with diabetes? Or do you have one? If so, or even if you happen to be an adult effected by type 1 diabetes, it’s worth looking into the great advocacy work done by JDRF’s Children’s Congress.
I wrote about this effort once before, but felt it was a good time to re-visit the topic given that applications to participate in the 2011 Congress are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday,…
Back to School seems to be coming earlier every year — although for me, psychologically, it will always be the Tuesday after Labor Day. Speaking of the psychological aspects of school life, I asked my D-correspondent extraordinaire Allison Blass to share her thoughts about being a kid with diabetes in the classroom: who do you tell about the Big D and how, and what’s a parent to do these days?
A Guest Post by Allison…Read more »