Newly Diagnosed Type1 parents to 5yr old :-(


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@649tom - DUK have a video conference for parents of Type 1 children later this month - have you seen @Odette DUK posts about it?

Odette DUK

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Type 1
Hi Tom,

Really sorry to hear about Scarlett's diagnosis. I was diagnosed just before my 5th birthday (so a similar time) , there's lots to get your head around, but type 1 won't stop Scarlett from doing anything she wants to! (It'll probably just take a bit more work then someone without type 1). After 20+ years of having type 1, my BG's still sometimes look like the Himalayas, so don't worry that it's just been a a couple of weeks, it'll take time to get the mountains looking more like hills! There is SO much to think about, and remember you're doing the job of an internal organ!!!! I'm sure you're doing a fabulous job :)

In 'normal' times, Diabetes UK run residential events for children, young people and their whole family (including siblings). They are weekend events, where you get to meet 24 other families living with type 1, and during the day Scarlett would be looked after by a whole team of diabetes specialist nurses, doctors and dietitians - as well as other volunteers who live with type 1. While parents spend the day with other healthcare professionals sharing experiences and picking up top tips! They are honestly a life changing experience (my family went on one 6 months after I was diagnosed)! You can read more and watch a video about them here.

In the meantime, we are running monthly Virtual Q&A Sessions for parents and carers of children living with type 1 and I think you'd find it really helpful. The next one is on Thursday, 28 January from 7pm. The details are as follows:

As a parent or carer, you’ll know that type 1 can affect the whole family. There’s so much to think about, and it’s impossible to get it right all the time.
Join us for our ‘Being a parent or carer to a child with type 1’ Virtual Q&A Panel Session on Thursday, 28 January 2021 (7pm-8.30pm). You’ll hear from our five brilliant panellists - parents at different stages of their child’s type 1 journey. From learning how to do their own dose adjustments, to getting ready to leave for university, to becoming parents themselves.The panellists will talk about how they’ve managed their biggest challenges. And they’ll reflect on how they keep positive. You can ask them any questions you like, no matter how big or small.

The link to sign up to any of our upcoming panel sessions is here:

And thank you @trophywench!