"Knowledge is power," says Dr. Steven Willi, director of the Diabetes Center for Children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"Realizing you're not the only family out there dealing with type 1 is a huge benefit and helps provide an optimistic outlook."
The following organizations can provide information and connections to other families that have a child with type 1 diabetes:
There may also be support groups at your nearest children's hospital. Also, ask the members of your diabetes care team about summer camps for children with diabetes.These offer parents a safe place for their kids with medical staff and give kids the chance to socialize with other kids who have type 1 diabetes.
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.
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