Caring for a child real stories
Many parents whose child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes wonder: 'Why is this happening to my child?' 'How can they continue to live as before?' 'How can I best help?' Often it seems there are more questions than answers at the beginning. One of the most important things for parents is the health and well being of their children. For a child with Type 1 diabetes, the aim of diabetes therapy is to reduce the risk of developing long-term complications caused by high glucose levels, avoiding hypoglycaemia and ensuring normal growth and development both physically and emotionally. Read the real-life stories of other parents of children with Type 1 diabetes and discover how they have found their way to better control.
"Guzmán was only 6 when he developed diabetes. For the first 2 years, he was treated with multiple daily injections of insulin. It was a difficult time, as he hated giving himself injections. Then, the hospital suggested putting him on an insulin pump, and we quickly realised this was a much better, more comfortable way to control his blood glucose. Now, Guzmán does everything other kids do: swimming, basketball and his favorite sport, football. The simple truth is that the pump has improved life for the whole family."
"George was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on the 1st of August 2006 and as a parent, it is not a day you ever forget! Our world was turned upside down. On injections, life became a whole new regime and we felt that diabetes took over our lives completely. When George was on multiple injections, his sugar levels were never within range. But within 5 months of getting his insulin pump, he was in range and now his HbA1c is down to 6.8. With the pump, I am more confident that George is taking better care of himself and as a parent this gives me peace of mind. I think the insulin pump is amazing, it just changes your child's life and to be honest it's given George his life back."
"When Tess was 15 months old, I found her drinking from the paddling pool in our backyard. She was too young to tell me she was thirsty. This type of behavior lead us to discover that she had Type 1 diabetes and she was put on a regimen of 4 injections a day. It was always difficult to keep control because most of the time Tess would have high blood glucose levels but then she would crash unexpectedly which made life difficult for everyone. On her 2nd birthday, she was put on an insulin pump and since then, we have felt that we have Tess back again. To all other parents who have thought about getting their child an insulin pump, I would tell them to get one when as soon as possible!"
"Giulia was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. It was like facing a storm at sea. At the beginning she suffered a lot from extreme glucose variability. The thing we feared most was nocturnal hypoglycaemia. Giulia had two bad episodes of hypoglycaemia during the night, and that scared us a lot. Because of this, her diabetologist suggested to switch from multiple daily injections to insulin pump therapy. Soon, she was able to start managing her insulin therapy by herself. We always wanted her to feel and behave as much as possible like other children of her age, and her insulin pump has helped her to do this."
"When Anneli was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, my first thoughts were that I wanted our lives to go on just as they were; having fun, laughing, without having to always worry about insulin levels. Our diabetes team at the hospital convinced me that by using an insulin pump Anneli would have better control – and a better life. They were so right! Over the years, we have participated in women’s races together, flown around the world and even been skiing in Lapland. Thanks to her insulin pump and Anneli’s better control, we can do everything again."