My little sister has diabetes

My teenie-tiny stick-person little sister has just been diagnosed with diabetes. My mom took her to the dr. because she lost 5 pounds (kind of a lot on someone who only weighs 70 to begin with) over the holidays, and they called her back to say she needs to go get her from school and bring her to the ER. Her sugar and cholesterol were through the roof. She just turned 12. 12 years old!!! I'm just so crushed and pissed off right now!
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My daughter got diabetes at 12 years old, too. Know only that she's going to be fine as long as she takes care of herself and you as a family are supportive.

My daughter's now 20 years old and she's very happy and very healthy.

Good luck to your sis. Check out http://www.dlife.com/ . It's a great support site.

One piece of advice: this is HER disease. Not yours. not your mom's. You're not all in this together-- unfortunately, she's in this on her own. That doesn't mean you can't be supportive, it just means that it's HER disease. Don't question her food choices, don't ask her if she should be eating that, etc. Just help her.

I would also recommend you look for summer camps for girls with Type 1 diabetes. My daughter went every summer and she always came home SO motivated and happy because she felt like she was around people who really knew what it was like.


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*hugs* Just hugs.

I'm sorry your sister is sick. It sounds like it was caught fairly early (most new type 1 diabetics come in when they start vomiting or lose consciousness due to ketosis) so I'm glad that she didn't go through the trauma of being in terrible DKA. But I'm still sorry. Hugs to your sis, you, and your family.
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*hugs* Just hugs.

I'm sorry your sister is sick. It sounds like it was caught fairly early (most new type 1 diabetics come in when they start vomiting or lose consciousness due to ketosis) so I'm glad that she didn't go through the trauma of being in terrible DKA. But I'm still sorry. Hugs to your sis, you, and your family.
Originally Posted by newcurly
Yeah, I've seen this, too... (((hugs)))
btw..how high was her glucose?
She has had headaches for a long time. She had all sorts of tests and scans done, and nothing came up, but now they think this is why. We don't have any family history of this. Well, now we do I guess. She was breastfed until she was almost 2. It just doesn't make any sense. I will tell my mom about the summer camp thing later. Unfortunately, I'm not even close, so it's hard to do anything supportive.
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I'm sorry to hear that. I hope everything works out for your sister.
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I'm sorry to hear about your sister.

Here is a link with some great information on juvenile diabetes:

http://www.jdrf.org/
Thank you very much to those who responded!
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I know how you feel. My oldest son came down with Type 1 diabetes last summer at age 21. It's been a hard adjustment for him, but Springcurl is right about disease ownership...it's his disease, not mine, and there's only just so much I can do. Each diabetic must learn to manage their own disease.

Once your sister learns the basics, she can live a very normal life. It's a total pain-in-the-ass, but it's very doable. Hopefully, she can get an insulin pump fairly soon, which makes things a little bit easier.

Your sister lost the 5 pounds because she was peeing out all her nutrition. Once she's on insulin, that weight will come back. It's better to be a naturally thin person if you have to get Type 1 diabetes, because injected insulin makes a person hungry, so diabetics tend to hold on to excess weight. My son is struggling now not to gain weight.
It's a total pain-in-the-ass, but it's very doable.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I guess that's the part we're all struggling with. It's like she went from being perfectly healthy to having a lifelong disease overnight. I feel so bad for her that she won't be able to have the carefree youth that I had, doing and eating/drinking what I felt like when I felt like it.
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Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
It's a total pain-in-the-ass, but it's very doable.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I guess that's the part we're all struggling with. It's like she went from being perfectly healthy to having a lifelong disease overnight. I feel so bad for her that she won't be able to have the carefree youth that I had, doing and eating/drinking what I felt like when I felt like it.
Originally Posted by Kaia

Absolutely true. It's a big loss, and depending on her personality and what that carefree-ness means to her, she may have to mourn that loss. My son is still struggling with that. He's 22 years old and he can't go off for a carefree day without a backpack full of insulin and needles and food. He has to think about his disease every day, all day. Every.F*cking.Day. He complains about it often, and all I can really do is acknowledge his pain. I can't fix it, which is frustrating as hell for me as a mother.

For christmas this year, my son asked for a mini-fridge for his room, so he can keep his insulin and orange juice a bit handier. Kinda sad that he had to use his gift from his parents on his diabetes.
I'm sorry to hear about your sister. No words of advice, but I'm glad they caught the disease and that she'll be able to manage it.
My son's best friend was diagnosed with diabetes in 2nd grade.
It was rough for a while but he is doing GREAT.
He is a very healthy and active 17 year old!
Thank goodness they caught it early!
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I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. Given the right support and good care, she'll be able to learn how to manage her condition. It's a shock and it's not an easy condition to live with, but it's not the end of the world. Give her time, though, to learn to cope with this because it is going to be hard on her. This isn't just going to go away and that will probably hit her at some point.

If one thing, it's good they found out when they did!
I'm sorry to hear that. I hope things will get easier and that she'll be able to deal with it well.

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