Thanksgiving and Other Feasts
When James was diagnosed, I met that first Thanksgiving with dread. The idea of dishes covering the table, prepared by others and served family style, was a little daunting to say the least. However, since then, we’ve incorporated some strategies that have helped return Thanksgiving to its favored status.
Do I Really Want to Know?
The hospital where Kaitlyn was diagnosed is screening siblings for an antibody that is associated with type 1 diabetes. Although I really want to support diabetes research, I have not been able to bring myself to get my other children tested yet, because I am too scared! However, I’d like to challenge those feelings and replace fear with facts.
Motivating Kids With Hope Instead of Fear
by Kerri Sparling, guest blogger, SixUntilMe.com
After almost 30 years with type 1 diabetes, I’ve heard the “fear pitch” from many medical professionals and family members. What these folks fail to realize is that as soon as the fear factors of diabetes are highlighted, I start to tune out. It took me a long time of living with type 1 diabetes to come to this realization, and it’s one that I wished I had shared with my parents sooner. Here’s why.
Talking to Relatives About Type 1 Diabetes
With Thanksgiving on its way, you may soon be congregating with far-flung family members around the dinner table—and this can be a great time to educate relatives and dispel myths about type 1 diabetes. Here are some ideas on how to handle these conversations.