Children with Diabetes
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How Diabetes Overwhelms Families | Health Cosmos

Published on: April 18, 2017 at 09:52:12 Viewed 58

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Children with Diabetes / How Diabetes Overwhelms Families

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When it comes to pediatric diabetes, a diagnosis is not only received by the child, but by his or her entire family. While being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming and cause a range of emotions, every family is different in how they react. Watch to learn how these families reacted to their child's diagnosis, and how it affected them.


Betty Brackenridge: The impact of the diagnosis of diabetes on families is almost always very dramatic. Fear is the first response because most people don't know what to expect.

Megan: When the doctor came in and told me that I had diabetes I freaked out. I was yelling at the doctor, "You don't know what you're talking about", and I kept yelling and I felt bad because my brother was there and my brother was crying and my parents were crying and I was crying.

Richard R. Rubin: Another thing that parents often notice, kids feel it as well and so do siblings, is anger. Anger is a very common emotion related to diabetes. "Why me? Why us? Why did it happen to us? It's not fair."

Rachelle: I just felt like, "Why us, why did this happen to us, why is my child laying in that bed, why has our life changed?" You're taking in so much information that if your emotions overrun you, you're not really able to absorb the things that you need to be able to care for that child, two to three days after you're out of that hospital.

Stan: Well I felt, you know, overwhelmed and scared, "What do I do, what did I do, how'd this happen?"

Betty Brackenridge: Feeling overwhelmed, I think, comes next because it seems like there's so many things to be learned and because most families don't have a clinical background, they don't know much about the disease. They're given all of this information, all of these skills, and they don't have any way to sort out what's most important, what's next, what can wait a while and so they feel this drive to do everything at once and know everything at once. The very emotional upheaval that they are experiencing is absolutely normal and expected, but it won't last forever.

Rachelle: In the midst of everything else you do as a single mother throughout the day, it's very very overwhelming, but it can also be very satisfying at the end of the day, when your child has made it successfully through a day, hasn't fallen out from any complications, you put them to bed with a huge smile on their face-give them goodnight kisses and you make it to the next morning.

Stan: You have to realize that it can be controlled and managed and they can live a normal life, you know, they just have to take an extra step.

Donna: You just deal with it. It's just a new way of doing things.

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