Living with Diabetes, a Family Affair: Practical and Emotional Support Strategies

Living with Diabetes, a Family Affair: Practical and Emotional Support Strategies

Living with Diabetes, a Family Affair: Practical and Emotional Support Strategies

Living with Diabetes, a Family Affair: Practical and Emotional Support Strategies

Synopsis

A diagnosis of diabetes marks a dramatic change, not only in the life of the diabetic, but also in the lives of his or her family, friends, and co-workers. Diabetes affects your work, your leisure, and your relationships with family and friends. But thanks to improving treatment, people with diabetes can expect to live active and independent lives, as long as they make a lifelong commitment to careful diabetes management. Diabetes: A Family Affair is designed to help readers understand and manage the day-to-day challenges of living with the disease, through the stories of others. It is not a book of medical advice; rather, it is a resource of sharing between diabetics and those who care about them.

Excerpt

I never felt that I was really affected by my dad’s diabetes. By
the time he was really sick I had left home to go to college. I
knew he was sick a lot, but looking back I realize my parents
protected me from a lot of what was going on. I live in
Vancouver so I would only see them during visits and it just
didn’t sink in. It wasn’t until there was a huge improvement
that I realized how sick he had been
.

The biggest impact it had, the biggest thing I can think
of, was when he started counting carbs and got his insulin
pump. The first time I saw him after that he looked 100
percent better
.

I just went, “Holy Cow! Look at you!”

I see it when we golf and do things together. He’s great!
We didn’t do as much before, and now I realize he couldn’t.
I’m starting to watch my own health now. I worry that Dad
was a third-generation diabetic
.

— John Watson,
son of Jack and Julie Watson

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