how do kids deal with being a diabetic?

By jaydee89 Latest Reply 2010-04-23 15:14:54 -0500
Started 2010-02-17 13:41:19 -0600

it was hard for me to deal with it when i first got it because i didn't know what it was

21 replies

serenity_of_the_heart 2010-04-23 15:14:54 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed just befor my 5th birthday…i was a very non comlient and brittle diabetic for many years…instead of sneaking out, drinking or doing drugs to rebel i chose to not comly with my health issue…i am very lucky that after being diabetic for almost 25 years i havent had many problems as a result of my stupidity…i guess the best thing i can say as far as dealing with it was that i had a lot of support to try to help me be a "good diabetic" it just took some growing up for me to realize i wasnt only hurting myself by my actions, i was hurting those around me who loved me too…

thekarebear21 2010-02-23 12:39:57 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed at 4 years old. My parents always influenced me to read and learn all that I could about my condition because it was apart of me but did not make up who I was. They encouraged me to share with everyone about my disease and that made my friends and family ask questions and they treated me equally because they were informed and not scared of it.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-23 15:15:12 -0600 Report

That's awesome that your parents encouraged you to read up and learn. It's great when your parents take some part in it like that :)

thekarebear21 2010-02-24 14:03:36 -0600 Report

Yeah they encouraged me but didn't step in the way they wanted me to be very independent and it help me not rely on them as much when I moved out. I love them though and glad they made me learn how to take care of myself.

Crashnot 2010-02-21 10:22:38 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed at 11 months after the hospital put me in a coma. Am 43 now and complication free. I always knew I was different growing up, but thanks to an incredibly supportive mother who shoved me into participating in everything my attention was captured by, I lived a very active and full childhood. My friends and classmates knew I was diabetic, and never a word was said about it, good, bad or otherwise. I was just another kid. Took years for me to accept that myself, but I was accepted.

mythiclover62 2010-03-03 12:35:32 -0600 Report

Very well said and a very good upbringing. We all need the support of our family and friends with this disease. We need to learn and teach early, that there is nothing we can't accomplish.

mythiclover62 2010-02-18 15:14:17 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 41 years ago with juvenile diabetes. Now called type 1. I had turned 6 years old 10 days prior to my diagnosis. I grew up in the 70s and went thru every bit of the 70s culture. I played sports and did the drug scene. I was never told I could not do something, except by the misinformed few. When I was told I couldn't do something, I went out and did it any way.

Why should a child be told they can't do something because they have diabetes? Their body is no different than anybody else. They can play and do anything any one else is doing. Don't put restrictions on a child like that. Show a child that the world is there for them to take and they will accomplish the impossible. Tell them they can't so that and they will rebel and do it any way.

Diabetes is a disease, not a handicap!!!

kdroberts 2010-02-18 14:59:40 -0600 Report

I think that diabetic summer camps like Danni talked about are essential. The kids get to be around a ton of other kids with the same problems, they get to learn from diabetic staff who have been through what they are going through and they do it all whilst having fun and not being limited in what they can do.

Kira_xo 2010-02-18 04:53:34 -0600 Report

Hmm. Thats a really good question. I'm thinking, that if a young child is diagnosed with diabetes, it is of course the parents responsibility to explain it to them the best they can and keep it under control. The good thing about having it as a younger child, is that does give the parents ample time to get the child on a food schedule. If parents start feeding their children healthy at a young age maybe it would prevent the problems adults with diabetes face. I know since I was diagnosed I was 21..I have already developed my favorite foods (potatoes in any form) and now I have a really hard time giving them up just like some people have a hard time giving up chocolate. But if we start feeding our kids healthy earlier in life and have them eat things like salads and fruits and fish and elimiate a lot of sugar, sodas, chips and junk out of their diet I think it would be a lot easier on them if they become a diabetic at a young age, or at an older age.

But ultimately, if the parents educate themselves and are able to explain it to their children, and get them on a good schedule..eating when they should, testing when they should, and exercising when they should then I dont think there would be a lot of problems. Kids will always have questions about it, so as a parent I think you need to do your research, you need to be able to explain it all to your child so they can develop an understanding.

Does my post make any sense? Lol. I have a hard time explaining my thoughts.

MAYS 2010-02-18 07:43:16 -0600 Report

Excellent post !

You state your opinion well and straight to the point !

It is the parents responsibility to help in educating their child about diabetes and it's complications, so the parents need to be educated themselves in order to do so !
" Mays "

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-18 14:31:32 -0600 Report

Yes Kira, it makes sense and it is so true. Unfortunately not all parents are going to teach their children good diets, but they will learn it along the way.
But I agree with everything you said and you said it very well :)

mythiclover62 2010-02-18 15:25:38 -0600 Report

Good post Kira. I agree it is up to the parents, but it is also up to the schools and society. A diabetic diet is by all sense, the perfect diet for everyone! I was fortunate enough to have a mother that was a LPN and then a RN. I grew up being told that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. I got into sports early and have never quit playing sports. Sorts to me was and is the ultimate release and form of control. I got to release all my frustrations, while helping to keep my sugar controlled.

Hope I didn't ramble too much.

Kira_xo 2010-02-18 18:22:09 -0600 Report

Hehe no you didn't ramble. And I agree, it is up to the schools as well. School lunches are so un-healthy. Breaded chicken patties, burgers, fries, pizza, chocolate and strawberry milk… YES many school serve boxed salads and white milk as well…but lets be serious, what child is going to pick up that salad? And..what bothers me is they don't offer bottled water. As a child I was addicted to water! I would have picked a bottle of water of chocolate milk any day! Instead you have to pay $1.50 more for a bottle of water. School lunches are not fit for a diabetic child..and honestly not fit for any child.

I think they really need to make healthier options when it comes to school lunches. This is one reason I plan on packing my sons lunches when he heads off to school. (Unless sometime between now and then they finally decide to make mandatory healthy school lunches!)

MAYS 2010-02-18 00:08:30 -0600 Report

Always remember that you can still do the same things that everyone else can do in life.
There are many people in many professions who are diabetics, you would be surprised at who they are !

Keep your head up and your diabetes under tight control.
You will only be different if you choose to be but don't be, be yourself, stay strong, stay focused and live your life to the fullest.

And once again, Welcome to Diabetic Connect !
" Mays "

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-17 23:48:53 -0600 Report

Hey Jaydee! First I want to tell you this, having diabetes doesn't make you an outcast or different. You have a disease and have to take meds for it, but don't let it consume you, take over and become you.
I was diagnosed at 12 and I never heard of it. It took awhile for me to concept that I would have to take shots for the rest of my life and to know what the numbers on my glucose meter meant. Good food, bad food? I found out the hard way that eating a bowl of grapes will put you in the hospital.
In my school I was the only kid, diabetes was rare, in my city at least. My Dr sent me to a diabetic camp which was the best thing for me. Their were so many diabetics and they all took shots like me too. It was great education and awesome support. I believe that camp saved my life that summer. That's how I dealt with it, finding other diabetics that understand and support and encourage me along the way. But that was when i was 13 and I didn't have any other support until I found DC and I am on the right track now, thanks to everyone here.

rankearl 2010-02-17 21:55:16 -0600 Report

hi been there done that i was diagonsed at age 11 i had parents who did ther best and im am blessed i learned earley that i had alot to learn and im still learning arent we all hugs julie

MAYS 2010-02-17 20:06:35 -0600 Report

Welcome to Diabetes Connect !

Not being a child currently, all I can say is they would have to feel restricted and different in the sense that they are in a guarded state mentally, always being told what they cannot do and rarely told what they can do.

Check out these videos of children with diabetes :

mythiclover62 2010-03-03 13:23:10 -0600 Report

These were some great videos! Kids with diabetes need to be educated and as adults we need to be better educated on how to handle our younger counterparts. They have a long and tough road ahead, but with the right encouragement and support, they will have fun, excitement, and love for many, many years.
I am studying to be a nurse and then I hope to become a diabetic educator. I feel that my years of experience and knowledge would be a great help to the kids with our disease.