From Bridgeport, New York, USA:
My 41 year old husband was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and while we both understand that you can live a normal life with diabetes, we are both at a loss as to how to explain this to the kids (ages three and six). We don't want them to be scared because they think their daddy is sick. How do you explain to small children that their daddy has diabetes?
At ages three and six, it is unlikely that your children are overly aware of the world beyond themselves. If your spouse does not need insulin injections, then taking a pill should not raise alarms in your children. Just explain that their daddy needs to eat more healthy meals at the correct times and set an example by having the whole family do the same.
Diabetes is not something that necessarily will impact your family in a totally negative way. Exercise together, walk together, eat healthy together and explain that your husband is not "sick", and that he just has to pay more attention to being "well".
Original posting 11 Oct 2001
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Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:25
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