Unless you are a parent of a child with diabetes and actually have diabetes, you do not know what it means to have it, and live with it, every second. I have stated that many times. Conversely, children who have diabetes do not know the pain we, as parents, feel.
Today I am listing many members who write about what it is like to live with diabetes who actually have diabetes. In as much as parents talk to each other to both empower and help each other, no matter how hard we try; our kids KNOW we do not have it. I do believe at some point or another, a child ‘will play that card’ to remind us that WE JUST DO NOT KNOW…….and they would be correct.
Take a look at this powerful list below of people who write about living with diabetes. Read them, but more importantly, share the ones you like with your child who has diabetes because the information these writers pass on……..is invaluable.
This group from the Diabetes Advocates web page http://diabetesadvocates.org/ do not have to write about what they know. But they do. They do it with humor, pain, and reflection to help all those who are on the same journey that they have been on for some time.
We would never choose to make a meal that we have never tried before without a recipe, would we? We would look to the experts who have made the dish before to show us how to do it perfectly. Well here is your recipe to help your child; read them, and follow them for a few weeks. When you find one or two that you really like; just print out some of their articles and leave them around the house. Your child, who of course is at the appropriate age to use a computer, will find it and take it from there.
They write great stuff. Many have achieved great things. But mostly, they write from their heart-felt experiences. And what can be better than that?
We really do not know what it is like to live with diabetes……….here is a gift you can give your child(ren) who have diabetes; the gift of experience. What they are feeling these writers know already. Been there, done that. We thank them for their efforts on first-hand-lessons we could never teach.
I am a diabetes dad.
DA Resources for Type 1 Diabetes
1happydiabetic.com Bill Woods
Bill produces diabetes video logs, or vlogs. It’s all about having the right diabetes attitude
alizawithdiabetes.com Aliza Chana Zaleon
Aliza lives with type 1 diabetes and multiple other chronic illnesses. She tries not to let that define her; rather, she has decided to DEFY the odds!
bittersweetdiabetes.com Karen Graffeo
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Dec 1979, Karen blogs about its up and downs at Bitter-Sweet.
blog.sstrumello.com Scott Strumello
Scott writes about and provides an analytical view of the most current type 1 diabetes issues, including his acclaimed ‘Business of Diabetes’ feature.
bloggingdiabetes.com Tony Rose
A blog and podcast about real life with diabetes.
carbdm.org Tamar Sofer-Geri
The Carb DM website complements the work Carb DM does to bring the type 1 community together.
countrygirldiabetic.blogspot.com Cara Richardson
Living life with type 1 diabetes. Every day, every hour, every minute!
diabetesaliciousness.blogspot.com Kelly Kunik
Author of the patient blog, Diabetesaliciousness. Kelly is a diabetes advocate; blogger, speaker, writer, humorist and living-with-diabetes consultant.
diabetesinspain.com Mike Young
Mike is interested in healthcare social media consulting and diabetes advocacy.
diabeticallyspeaking.com Martin Wood
Diabetically Speaking is about life with diabetes and all the adventures that happen in between. Martin Wood has had type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years, and is a medical librarian, a cyclist, and a purveyor of all things awesome. Martin has an affinity for all things plaid, and believes that in everything we do, we should find a way to have fun doing it.
diabulimiahelpline.org Erin M. Akers
Diabulimia Helpline is a non-proft organization devoted to the support, education, and advocacy of diabulimics and their families. DBH is working to help diabetics with eating disorders find hope and recovery through their 24 hour hotline (425) 985-3635, three online support groups, an insurance specialist, regional workshops, and a direct line to the best treatment programs in the U.S..
kellywpa.com Kelly Booth
A type 1 diabetes patient since January 1984, Kelly shares what she has been through, including neuropathy and gastroparesis, and provides information to help others.
ladalife.com Susi Rafati
Susi has been living with LADA (slow-onset, antibody positive diabetes in adults) for 35 years, and uses an insulin pump.
livetolovediabetes.com Naomi Kingery
Naomi Kingery, also known as The Diabetic Diva®, has been involved in the diabetic community since her diagnosis at the age of twelve. She is the author of The Sugar Free Series, and the writer of the blog livetolovediabetes.com.
livingvertical.org Stephen Richert
Stephen writes about climbing and adventuring with type 1 diabetes
MeandDBlog.com Jessica Collins
Jess has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1993. She shares her random thoughts and musings on life with diabetes on MeandD.
MegansTouch.com Megan A. Quickle
Megan created Megan’s Touch to combine diabetes blogging, education and advocacy to find a cure for diabetes. Megan has had type 1 diabetes for 24 years.
momentsofwonderful.com Sara “Knicks” Nicastro
Diagnosed with T1 diabetes as an adult, Sara advocates for living life to the fullest. “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”
ninjabetic.com George Simmons
George shares all sides of his diabetes life in order to reach those who feel alone.
pearlsa.com/blog Pearlsa Bintomani
A girl’s life collides with type 1 diabetes and she becomes an advocate.
portablepancreasgirl.com Stacey Divone
Living with type 1 diabetes for 30 years, Stacey has had her “portable pancreas” (or insulin pump) for five. Her site shares her story of coping with diabetes and everything else life has thrown her way.
princessladybug.blogspot.com Cheri Pate
Each time we meet a new person with diabetes or the loved one of a person with diabetes, we have the opportunity to learn something new about diabetes and ourselves.
ridingoninsulin.org Mollie Busby
Riding on Insulin features ski/snowboard camps for kids and teens living with type 1 diabetes.
scottsdiabetes.com Scott K. Johnson
Scott’s Diabetes is where Scott talks about living his life with type 1 diabetes.
sixuntilme.com Kerri Sparling
Kerri Sparling has been living well with type 1 diabetes since 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”
strangelydiabetic.com Scott Strange
Diagnosed in 1970, Scott Strange believes in being brutally honest about diabetes and shares his experiences so that others may benefit from them.
sweetlyvoiced.com Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1990 at the age of 10. She voices her journey as a diabetic, a singer, and a mommy at her blog Sweetly Voiced.
t1trigirl.org.nz Heidi-Jane James
The T1 Consulting Organization is concerned with raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and supporting type 1 diabetics in living a healthy and sporty life.
textingmypancreas.com Kim Vlasnik
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986 at the age of six, Kim writes about and illustrates her life with diabetes on Texting My Pancreas.
thebuttercompartment.com Lee Ann Thill
A lifetime of type 1 diabetes: reflections on the struggles and triumphs, inspiration, art and the creation of meaning.
thegirlsguidetodiabetes.com Sysy Morales
The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes seeks to encourage and empower women with diabetes to live their lives to the best of their ability.
thelifeofadiabetic.com Chris Stocker
The Life of a Diabetic is a blog about what Chris Stocker, a person with type 1 diabetes, goes through on an everyday basis. Just another person living a normal life with diabetes.
type1diabeteslounge.com Merle Gleeson
Living with diabetes is a constant challenge, and connecting with others in the same situation can help us feel less alone.
type1rider.org Tony Cervati
This organization is dedicated to all people affected by diabetes, particularly those who ride and race bicycles. The primary goals of type1rider are outreach and advocacy.
victoriacumbow.com Victoria Cumbow
For more than 19 years, Victoria has lived with diabetes and learned that having a support network contributes beyond all imagination to her diabetes management and control.
wearediabetes.org Asha Brown
We Are Diabetes is an organization primarily devoted to promoting support and awareness for the eating disorder diabulimia. We are dedicated to providing support, hope and resources to those who suffer from diabulimia, as well as to their families and loved ones.
youtube.com/mrmikelawson Mike Lawson
Mike Lawson’s YouTube series My Life As A Pin Cushion, is a positive, comedic way for him to share some of the lessons he has learned living with diabetes and to spread the positive message that a diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean that you have to stop living.