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A new diagnosis of juvenile (type 1) diabetes can spark a range of reactions, including anger, sadness, and guilt. Whatever your feelings, they are normal, and you are not alone.
Life with diabetes poses challenges for every member of the family. Whether you have diabetes yourself, or are the parent or loved one of a person with diabetes, it takes time to adapt to the day-to-day demands of the disease.
But treatment options are improving all the time, and diabetes will not prevent you or your child or loved one from living a full and active life. With medical and emotional support, children with diabetes and their families will learn to cope with the demands that the disease imposes. A child with diabetes, depending on age, will learn to take over much of his or her care. As time goes by, everyone will gain knowledge and confidence, and be able to celebrate successes, learn from mistakes, and move away from the intense feelings common after diagnosis.
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