Being the parent or carer of someone with diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2, can be overwhelming and worrying.
You might feel a considerable sense of responsibility. There’s a lot to think about and a wealth of information available, which may compound a sense of confusion.
Sourcing reliable and relevant information to enable you to support and encourage a proactive approach to self-care, in areas such as
- Diet & exercise
- Treatment types
- Associated complications
to name just a few, is really important to provide reassurance to both parties.
Speaking to people experiencing similar health issues can provide a tremendous amount of support and alleviate the feeling of isolation; increase knowledge and boost confidence.
There are many ways in which you can access support such as this:
- Join a support group such as our Diabetes Wellness Network or other voluntary group
- Attend a Diabetes Wellness event where you will hear diabetes and related health talks; make new friends; share information and experiences in a supported environment
- Search the web for information from reputable sources such as WebMD or look for sites which provide health and social care information which is accredited through the Information Standard Scheme
- Share concerns and seek support from like-minded individuals through social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and the like – there are a significant number of people with diabetes, parents and carers and healthcare professionals who share their thoughts and seek the support of each other through the Diabetes Online Community #doc
Diabetes is never mild. A diagnosis can be a daunting prospect but with the right support and advice, it can be managed effectively.