A type 1 diagnosis can feel scary and overwhelming. If you or someone close to you was recently diagnosed with type 1, you might be asking yourself: Could we have prevented this? Did we do something wrong? How will we live our lives with these changes?
Pause. Take a deep breath. And remember that you are not alone.
Type 1 diabetes is not your fault. It’s not something you could have prevented. But it is something you can manage. And although change can be stressful, don’t forget that families just like yours have been in your shoes and walked this path before. Like you, they faced the whirlwind of diagnosis, worried about what it meant, and then forged ahead—one step at a time. Remind yourself that kids with type 1 diabetes can still be kids. Your family can still enjoy life to the fullest.
Just focus on what you need to know right now, and you can get through this.
Be patient with yourself. Start with the basics and the rest will come with time. The type 1 community is a strong network where we can all learn from each others’ experiences and, together, pave the way for those who will follow.