Diabetes Center for Children

Supporting Yourself and Others With Diabetes

As a child or teen with diabetes, or as a parent of a child with diabetes, you have a unique perspective of the world. You are less likely to take things for granted. You have learned much in your journey while living with diabetes. You have learned the importance of planning, making healthy choices and coping with a condition that provides so many challenges. You have become an expert in your own care.

You have a special understanding and knowledge that others don’t have. Because of that, you can make a difference in the lives of other people with diabetes.

Giving to and connecting with others

Your emotional well-being is as important as your physical well-being. One of the best ways to ensure your own emotional well-being is to give to others. Connecting with others, contributing in a positive way to another child, teen or parent makes us feel better about ourselves.

You can touch the life of a child or family with diabetes. Maybe you have learned (and are still learning) little tricks about managing diabetes that make your life easier. Pass it on. Maybe you haven’t always made the best decisions regarding your care — but are learning to make changes — pass it on. Maybe you have learned as a parent how to balance the supervision of your teen’s care while supporting his independence — pass it on.

Tips for how you can give to and connect with others

Giving to and connecting with others build confidence and make you feel more competent. Here are a few suggestions of how you can give to and connect with others:

By giving to and connecting with others, you strengthen yourself.

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