Hi, my name is Carolyn and my son, Matthew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in November 2012, at the age of 11. When your child is diagnosed with a chronic, life threatening, non curable disease, you as a parent research and learn as much as you can about it.
We as a family knew nothing about Type 1 Diabetes at all before our son’s diagnosis. We pretty much only knew ‘diabetes’ as the stereotypical Type 2 Diabetes which dominates in the media. Mainly because approx 95% of the population with diabetes have Type 2, and approx only 5% Type 1.
There is so much you have to learn before you leave the hospital with your child. But the learning does not stop there. As time goes on, you learn new tricks, how different types of food affect your blood glucose levels, the technology that is out there, the list is endless.
I had intended to start this blog a few weeks after he was diagnosed, mainly as a type of therapy for me. I had so much I wanted to say and felt totally overwhelmed by the huge change to our family life. Then the tragedy at Sandy Hook occurred a few weeks later and my enthusiasm just evaporated. But 16 months on, I feel I’m ready to talk. I have a lot of catching up to do now !
I am hoping that by sharing some of our experiences, you can learn to understand what Type 1 Diabetes is all about and if you yourself or your child is newly diagnosed, you may find some information helpful.
Please note, that I cannot offer medical advice. I will share what we do to manage Type 1 Diabetes to the best of our ability, but you should always refer to your Endocrinologist or CDE if you want to make any changes or look into the technology I mention.