Hi. I hope you don't mind me forming this thread - I'm not the parent of a diabetic myself (I have type 1 as does my brother) but I'm training to be a nurse and am doing an assignment on how having a teen with diabetes affects family life (I selected this topic). If any of you have a few minutes to spare and wouldn't mind answering the following questions to help me on my way it'd be much appreciated. Anyone who doesnt want to answer on a public forum could PM me or I'm happy to give my email address. So I'm looking at the effects on family life of having a teen with diabetes - this doesnt have to be people diagnosed as a teen:- 1. When was your child diagnosed and did you have any previous knowledge of type 1 diabetes? 2. What were your initial thoughts and fears about the condition? 3. Has having a teenager with diabetes had any impact on your relationships with other children or your partner? 4. Do you feel constantly 'on - call' in life just in case anything happens? 5. What considerations in life do you have to make that other parents probably dont? For example having to get a letter to take on holiday to allow your child to carry needles, or having to be constantly aware of the prescription items needed by your child? 6. Would you say having a diabetic teen costs you more than it would otherwise financially? (I'm particularly interested in those outside the UK where you may have to pay medical insurance etc? - I dont know anything about this). 7. Is it difficult to allow your teen a normnal amount of independance? Do you feel as comfortable with them trying alcohol and drugs as you otherwise would do? (I realise parents would rather their children didnt do either but is it worse if your child is diabetic?) Any insight you can give me into the life of a parent of a teen diabetic would be much appreciated. If there are any other impacts on your life I've missed out then feel free to add comments on - I'm looking to make my assignment as holistic as possible. Thanks, Leah.