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new to diabetes type 1

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Nevaeh's mommy, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Nevaeh's mommy

    Nevaeh's mommy Approved members

    Nov 1, 2011
    Hi, my husband and I just found out Sunday, October 23rd that our 4year old daughter has diabetes type one. Its been a whirlwind and we still are feeling completely overwhelmed but super glad a new friend told me about this site!
  2. Adrienne

    Adrienne Approved members

    Sep 8, 2011
    I'm sorry about your daughter's dx. This is an awesome place for help, guidance, and strength. It does get easier. I remember at the hospital at my daughter's dx, thinking that I didn't know how on earth I was EVER gonna do it. I knew I would, because there wasn't any other choice, but I was scared to death. I did do it though, and you will too:)
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Approved members

    Nov 20, 2007
    Just wanted to say welcome and sorry you have to be here. It does feel overwhelming at first but as time goes on you will feel much more comfortable doing all the things you need to do to keep your child safe and healthy. All the parents here are proof of that.

    It will be helpful to create a signature and include some basic information about your child, like age, when diagnosed, what kind of insulin they are on, etc. At the top left of the screen there is a "User CP" icon. Click on that and then look down to "Edit Signature".

    Here are some books you may find useful:

    Understanding Diabetes (aka The Pink Panther book)
    by Dr. Peter Chase of the Barbara Davis Center at the University of Colorado.

    Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin
    by Gary Scheiner, Barry Goldstein

    Sweet Kids: How to Balance Diabetes Control & Good Nutrition with Family Peace
    by Betty Page Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE & Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE.
    Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2002. 250 pages. Softcover.

    Type 1 Diabetes: A Guide for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults -- and Their Caregivers
    by Ragnar Hanas, M.D. Published by Marlowe & Company, New York,

    Finally, in addition to the forums there is a chat room here where you can talk to other parents in "real time".

  4. BittysMom

    BittysMom Approved members

    Aug 21, 2011
    :cwds:Just want to welcome you and say hi. My daughter is 5 and was diagnosed about 2 1/2 months ago. I know how shocking and rough it is in the beginning, but it will get better. This place is wonderful. Glad you found it.
  5. Butterfly Betty

    Butterfly Betty Approved members

    Dec 8, 2010
    Welcome, and it's nice to meet you. Sorry, it had to be this way, however.
  6. caspi

    caspi Approved members

    Oct 11, 2006
    Welcome to the forum, but am sorry you have to be here. As overwhelming as it may feel right now, I assure you it does get better! Please remember that we are all here for you and do not be afraid to ask, ask, ask any questions you might have! :cwds:
  7. MommaKat

    MommaKat Approved members

    Sep 2, 2011
    Welcome to the forum. I'm so glad someone directed you here, though sorry you're in a position to join this group. This is a wonderful place to come with questions, concerns, and for support when needed. The whirlwind feels pretty intense, just remember to take some time to shut everything out for a few minutes and snuggle extra close with your little one.
  8. Nevaeh's mommy

    Nevaeh's mommy Approved members

    Nov 1, 2011
    Thank you!

    Thank you all so much! I am extremely glad I have this support group now to learn from and post my feelings!
  9. willie's mom

    willie's mom Approved members

    Oct 21, 2009
    I am from the same area. We have a support groups that meets every other month in Greer, SC. Let me know with a private message if you need anything. I would be glad to talk with you.
  10. Ivan's Mum

    Ivan's Mum Approved members

    Aug 29, 2006
    Two of the best books that I refer to all the time.

    Sorry that you're joining our club. It may seem overwhelming, and you'll never feel at ease with it but you will wake up one day in the not too distant future and think 'hey, I know what i'm doing'. You will become more of an expert that your childs endo because, everyone here will tell you, it's not one size fits all.

    Best of luck.
  11. danielsmom

    danielsmom Approved members

    Jul 18, 2011
    It is so rough and scary in the beginning...I never thought I would have happy days again...But 3 months into this life gets back to a "new" normal...my son is happy and smiling....enjoying life....rough patches along the way...still praying for a cure.....days of "why him?"....But life moves on as it should...You will get through this..It will get easier(I was told that over and over)....and it does....Big hugs

  12. Tweety8

    Tweety8 Approved members

    Feb 28, 2008
    Welcome to this wonderful forum. I have learned more here, than anywhere. I am sorry for your daughter's dx. It's very very very hard in the beginning. I almost lost my mind, but you WILL get through it and it IS life changing for the entire family. Hugs to you!
  13. cm4kelly

    cm4kelly Approved members

    Apr 28, 2011
    From SC too

    I am from SC too - Hanahan - near Charleston.

    My son was diagnosed at 2 1/2 - he is now 4 1/2. Let us know how we can help you. I found this site to be so helpful because ENDOS don't live with toddlers 24/7 like parent here do.

    One day at a time . . .

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