Friday, March 12, 2010

Tune in on Teens

Once you feel that you may have mastered good blood sugar control with your child, you're faced with an entirely new and different species- the teenager with diabetes.

As your child with type-1 diabetes approaches her teens, a whole host of new factors and fears come into play: hormones, dating, driving. Dealing with the emotional baggage associated with the disease may be the largest hurdle you face. And it's hard to do it together as she begins to assert independence and responsibility for her own care.

My friend Moira wrote a fantastic post on the diabetes mine blog about her daughter Lauren's struggles to manage her diabetes through these tumultuous years. As our daughter Cassie, begins the journey through adolescence, it's very helpful to learn what's in store for us. Check it out for yourself at:

UPDATE: We've added a new form on Juvenation for parents of teens with diabetes. Be sure to check it out and join the discussions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so well said.It expresses much of what I have felt raising a teen through those difficult teen years with diabetes.