Managing Parent Guilt

I am lucky to have 3 sons of varying ages  – one born in 1993, one in 1998 and one in 2008. Recently both my middle son and youngest son, had to have operations. The youngest has 2 teeth that did not develop enamel and had to have crowns put on in hospital under anaesthetic.…

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Dear Pauline, The World is a Rainbow

Why You Need to Take a Break From Diabetes

Dear Pauline (and anyone else who has ever bullied, ignored, taunted or tossed away someone with a disability), When I was 12 years old I was told that I would never have children due to type 1 diabetes. I was told that I would grow up and lose my legs, my eyes, my kidneys. I…

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Diabetes Chat 3: Dealing with Diabetes & Pregnancy

Our Sweet Talk Tuesday live chat sessions are on a range of topics – head here to find out all of the upcoming talks and topics. Chat topic 3 was about managing diabetes and pregnancy. This is a passion topic of mine being mum of 3 beautiful sons, and studying my PhD looking at the…

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A Life That Just Gets Better!

Guest Post by Annabelle Leve Hi, let me introduce myself! I was diagnosed with T1 diabetes in 1977, at the age of 11 years. I was admitted to the Royal Children’s hospital (Melbourne) almost in a coma. I stayed in the hospital and was ‘trained’ to look after my condition over 2 weeks. I was embarrassed…

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Why Diabetes is a Family Affair

why diabetes is a family affair

The diagnosis of diabetes is often unexpected and unwelcome to say the least. It can be quite a shock for the person with diabetes and also for their family and friends. Along with the diagnosis of diabetes can come a range of feelings, such as anger, sadness, grief, denial, loss, relief (that you know what…

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Dealing With Control in Diabetes

Life with diabetes is closely connected with the word “control”. When diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a sense of being “out of control” and talk around you from mostly well meaning people, that you need to “take control”. There can be many reasons why it is hard to get, maintain, or hold onto, control –…

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How to Manage Food For Teens With Diabetes

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Adolescence is an exciting and challenging time for all parents and teens, diabetes or not! For a family where a teenager has diabetes the period of adolescence can be difficult for both the teen and their family. Young people go through rapid physical, mental, social and emotional changes as they adjust to increased pressures and…

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Tips For Feeding Toddlers With Type 1 Diabetes

Feeding toddlers can be a difficult task at the best of times, and this can become twice as challenging if you have a toddler with type 1 diabetes. The most important thing to remember is that toddlers with diabetes have the same dietary requirements as any other toddler, and a healthy, balanced diet should provide…

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What to Feed Primary School Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

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Primary school is an exciting time for children as they enter a new school, make new friends and begin to partake in social events such as parties, sleepovers and school camps. During this time children become increasingly independent and aware of the social and practical aspects of their diabetes management. While parents are still actively…

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Feeling knackered: how do I go on?

Guest Post from Dave Barnes – an extreme athlete with type 1 diabetes. He was on a driving holiday in the NT when he wrote this piece and at the time was a wonderful volunteer for our former charity. The post has been updated to reflect the change of focus of this website. For Dave,…

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Guest Blog: Thanks Teacher

Our guest poet, Maureen Campey, has written another great poem about Parenting a child with diabetes. This time, Maureen has written about her teenage son starting a new year of High School, one of those momentous hurdles that we all face as parents. Here are Maureen’s wise words. Sending our kids back to school always…

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