Coping with a Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

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Finding out your child has type 1 diabetes can be scary. See how six families coped with the diagnosis and learned to manage their kids’ diabetes.

0:18 Type 1 diabetes patient stories
1:30 Feeling overwhelmed after a Type 1 diagnosis
2:47 Going home after a Type 1 diagnosis
4:38 Adjusting to a Type 1 diagnosis

Whether your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an infant, preschooler or teen, you can learn from experiences of these families that get their care at the Diabetes Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Parents give advice and helpful tips on how to keep your child’s blood sugar under control. They also share something just as important: optimism. Their children play sports, play musical instruments, go on sleepovers and participate in everyday activities — just like any other kid. The kids explain what they were feeling when they were diagnosed, how they adapted and how they’ve learned to live, and thrive, with diabetes. They have plans for school, college and beyond and aren’t letting diabetes get in their way.
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  1. jasmin slaughter

    i was 7 years old with type 1 diabetes know i am 28 years old its hard bout i am trying to get batter at it my name is jasmin slaughter i like to walk around when my blood sugar is high and when its low i most eat

  2. Darren Canton

    I was 12 when I was first diagnosed, I am 41 now. With complications sigh

  3. Sten Saviir

    I got diagnosed diabetes when i born

  4. Holly Jones

    I was diagnosed with my type one diabetes at the year 2014. My bg was over 600

  5. nirvana

    I was diagnosed when I was 18 months old, I've had diabetes for almost 10 years. I'm really used to it now. I have a Dexcom G6 which I like a lot! I also used to have a Medtronic pump, but I got swiched to the Tandem T-slim X2.

  6. Howel The wolf

    I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 9 and now I’m 12 it’s hard and I wish everything would go away if I got to go back and change whatever I did I would change it it’s hard being a diabetic and I just want to sit down and cry about everything wishing I could change it

  7. Waqas Mansoor

    type 2 here . but i can see type 1 is a bit hard to manage

  8. Lil St

    It’s not that big of a deal
    You just can’t be a scuba diver

  9. Shon Newton

    I get diabetes 1 on So much medicine and a shot every day in the stomach they need to bring out a carrier that will get rid of it

  10. Random dude studios

    I was diagnosed at two so this is all I’ve ever known

  11. The pixelated girl

    I think I have type 1 diabetes but my parents won’t believe me. The only symptoms I have is occasionally peeing and drinking a lot. I did the wee test and nothing showed up. I ate bread and I started drinking and peeing again.

  12. Violet Noble

    omg i have diabetes pleses rospond

  13. angela pope

    I have tipe 1 diabetes wen I was first born

  14. Coy-wolf 75

    I was diagnosed in 2018 on June 25 with type one diabetes

  15. Diabetic Physique

    I got diagnosed when I was 8 now i am 20 it's tough everyday fight

  16. TheWolfHowler

    I'm type 1 diabetic. And it's actually helped my life for the better and I'm thankful for it. It's also not difficult to take care of it. I was diagnosed in Valentine's day. What was your guys blood level when you were diagnosed. I don't know my exact number but I was over 1000.

  17. Addison cortez

    I think I’m getting diabetic 😭 im only 11 idk what to do

  18. Kat

    I was diagnosed just this last month, I hate having Diabetes but i'm learning to cope with it.

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