Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes
Quote: “I wasn’t going to let diabetes stop me from doing anything, and I’ve been able to do so much more.”
Connection: Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18
Quote: “The hardest thing for me is… people feel sorry for me because I have diabetes, and I don’t really like that because it makes me realize how sick I actually am. I feel like I can live with my diabetes, but I have a really hard time living with all of these ‘I’m so sorry for you’ comments.
Remember that you are strong. You are brave. And you’re definitely not alone.”
This is the fourth video in a series we call “We Can Do This“, where groups of people with diabetes (or in this case, their parents) come together around a common topic and share their own stories, lessons learned, and advice for others who may be in a similar situation.
Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution into adulthood. Independence can be a scary concept as it means children are ready to try their wings. Flying on their own means that sometimes they will fall and make mistakes, but most importantly it means that they are growing up.
Throwing the demands of diabetes in the mix makes everything trickier. Diabetes requires a lot of attention and care – something all teens aren’t necessarily known for. We’ve rounded up a group of parents who are in the throes of watching their children take responsibility for their own diabetes care and asked them to share their diagnosis stories, what works in their own families when it comes to encouraging independence, and what they’d suggest for others.
We hope their reflections and advice will encourage you as you embark on your own journey of letting go. If they can do this, you can do this too.
- text by Meri and Kim
For other You Can Do This videos from parents, click here.
Contributor: Crystal Bowersox; singer-songwriter and runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. crystalbowersox.com
Connection: Adult living with type 1 diabetes
Quote: “I’m really enjoying my life, and my health. I just wanted to make this video to let everyone know that you can achieve your dreams.”
Contributor: Abril and her mom, Mary
Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes, and caregiver/parent
English Translation (approximate):
Child: “Hi, my name is Abril and I have type 1 diabetes and I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. I feel really happy and I can do whatever I want.”
Mom: “Hello, my name is Mary and I am Abril’s mom. It has been a year with Ms. Diabetes in the house, but we have realized that we can do anything. There have been some changes, right?”
Mom: “We have to exercise more, change some of our eating habits. About a year ago I couldn’t even talk about it. I would cry and cry. And today, I see that it is bad but it can be done. We have changed a lot, and we feel really happy about that. What makes me happier is that Abril can do anything – she competes in triathlons, marathons, she runs, she swims, and jumps. She is absolutely happy, and we have learned from this. Most importantly, we have to learn, right? Read and learn a lot about diabetes to succeed.”
Just as we did in 2012, we asked people who visited our booth at the Friends For Life conference to share a little bit about their own journey with diabetes, and their advice for others. We had so many people participate this year that we’ve split the messages into three separate videos – here’s the third of three videos, featuring kids living with type 1 diabetes.
What advice would you share with children living with T1D? Leave your own “words of hope” in the comments below!
Just as we did in 2012, we asked people who visited our booth at the Friends For Life conference to share a little bit about their own journey with diabetes, and their advice for others. We had so many people participate this year that we’ve split the messages into three separate videos – here’s the second of three videos, featuring parents of kids living with type 1 diabetes.
What advice do you have for other parents? Leave your own “words of hope” in the comments below!
Copyright 2014 You Can Do This Project.