Support from Friends and Family. Telling friends and family about your child being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes maybring about mixed emotions. You don’t want your child to be pitied, you don’t wantthem to be looked at differently, yet you do need people to understand that your child willneed some special considerations sometimes.
When you first tell people they will either provide positive support, be neutral, or theremay be some negative reactions. The first two reactions are not a problem, you may getoffers of support or it may be a non-issue for others. It is the naysayers you need to becareful of. You know it is a serious disease and you need to be sure your child is awareof it too but you don’t need outsiders bringing doom and gloom into the situation. Thereare tools and support to manage diabetes and your child can still expect a full and happylife.
The easiest way to deal with negative reactions from friends and family members is toeducate them. Most times they have an incorrect impression of what diabetes is, how it ismanaged, and the long-term effects. It is serious but damage can be minimized withgood control.
Your child may be nervous telling his or her friends too – afraid that they will be lookedat as different. Most children will have a neutral reaction or none at all. It is notsomething that will affect friendships and it is not a problem. If your child does sufferfrom teasing or taunting because they cannot have candy or some other silliness – letthem talk to you about it and express their feelings. Some of their friends may havequestions and some may not. If there is a concern with how your child is being treated orhow the diagnosis will be received speak with your child’s teacher.