Children with Diabetes
Children with Diabetes

Empowerment and Self-Management | Health Cosmos

Published on: April 18, 2017 at 10:28:50 Viewed 44

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Children with Diabetes / Empowerment and Self-Management

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While the initial shock of having a child diagnosed with diabetes can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and fear, the reality is that this is something that can be managed. Parents learn to make changes for the better, not only for their child with diabetes, but for the entire family. Watch now to see how these families took a diagnoses, and turned it into means for empowerment.


Megan: It's a huge change of lifestyle. The way I used to live is no where near how I live now. I think my parents were afraid of me changing, 'cause, I did. I did change personalities because I have to be more conscious.

Richard R. Rubin: You have to let go to some degree, but you've always got to balance it with continuing to be responsible and to be available. And to me, the major factor in addition to differences in personality that influences that letting go process, is learning from experience that your child, with your help, support, and encouragement, can begin to manage some of those issues on his or her own.

Rachelle: Through my experiences and figuring those things out and learning, um, we've gotten to a much better place. You still will get up occasionally and check. If Rajon is ill or has a cold, anything of that nature, I still get back into that habit of checking throughout the night. I know when to kick it into high gear, and I know when we can just go with our normal routine and just be comfortable and go with the flow.

Rajon: I give her strength by telling her, you know, it's not really anything to worry about. I'll go take my shots after I eat every time, and, I just keep her confident.

Rachelle: What I would say to single mothers who are caring for children who have been diagnosed, just, step back, analyze your situation, from your child's perspective at first, address their needs, of course. Continue to read materials, look on the internet, educate yourself, the more you know the more comfortable you'll be on a daily basis to do what we have to do, and you feel more empowered.

Donna: I think what I want other parents to know is that everything's going to be okay. Like anything else, it's just, learn as much as you can, ask a lot of questions. Make sure that when you go home you tell everybody around you that your child has diabetes, that you educate the people around you on how to handle things, that it's not always on you.

Jonny: Well, you know, if your kid got diabetes, it's not like you caused it, it's not like you gave him too much sugar when he was little or it's not like you gave him too much to eat. It's not your fault, you know, you can't just go through life thinking, I could have been a better parent, it's my fault.

Megan: At first you're going to think it's horrible, the worst thing that's ever happened to you. But it's honestly, it's not bad. You're just, you can still live, you've just got to watch yourself. You can still do all the things you want to do, if you like skateboarding, softball, go for it. You can do still do all those things, just be careful. You've just got to watch yourself.

Betty Brackenridge: For some youngsters, the idea that they can still win at sports, or they can still be dean's list, even though I'm carrying this extra bag of diabetes with me, that sense of accomplishment is, gives meaning to the experience. I would say that most folks who do really well, the family's doing well and the child's growing and doing what they want to do, it's because they found some way to, um, build their strength, or build their problem solving skills, or the family has been drawn closer together by the challenge of dealing with the diabetes.

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