How will it affect my life?

The initial response to a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is often extremely emotional. It is not uncommon to experience emotions such as shock, anger, denial, guilt, sadness, despair. Parents and carers will often feel these emotions more keenly and more immediately than the child.

At the same time as the emotional impact there are a lot of practical issues which have to be dealt with. In the short term there is a lot of information to take on board as well as learning new skills such as injecting, monitoring and choosing foods.

In the longer term there may be fears for the future, including the long term health consequences of having type 1 diabetes. Learning as much as possible about type 1 diabetes increases the feelings of control and choice. Talking to other people with the condition is helpful. Although daily life will always be more complicated by managing the type 1 diabetes, many people have proved that it is no barrier to an active, healthy and fulfilling life.

Parents and carers may want to find a way to meet their emotional needs or to increase their resourcefulness at a time of intense change. One way might be to join an organisation where they can meet others in the same situation or join in with activities such as helping to promote diabetes awareness or research for the cure.