I recently posted a discussion about how spouses/partners support, and don't support, their loved one with diabetes. As I said in my discussion, there are two sides to this issue, like with any issue. There are also a lot of reasons why spouses may have difficulty in being supportive, including that they are facing thier own challenges in adjusting to the many changes that may be required, as well as with their own emotions., their own feelings of helplessness when they don't know what to do or say.
People who are diagnosed with diabetes need a lot of support, but so do their spouses and other family members. As I said in my post, when one mamber of the family receives a diagnosis, in many ways everyone in the family is diagnosed.
Those of you who are living with someone who has been diagnosed have learned a lot through your experiences. You are the real experts on this topic.
I would really like to see what I can learn from you, and what we can learn from each other. And maybe I can offer you some support and ideas that I have learned from working with my clients in this situation.
So… what have been some of your greatest frustrations? Your fears? Your victories? What have you learned that you wish you had known when your loved one was first diagnosed? Any questions that you have? Any way other members can offer you support?
I hope you will consider jumping in on this discussion!
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