Get help to deal with the ups and downs of diabetes. Seek support from other teens and take action to manage your diabetes — one step at a time.
Many teens like you deal with diabetes everyday. Most of the time, it’s not a problem, you just deal with it. But sometimes, you may just want it to go away.
Do you ever…
All of these feelings are normal. Lots of teens who have diabetes feel the same way. It’s okay to get angry, feel sad, or think you’re different every now and then. But then you need to take charge and do something to feel better.
Everyone feels down sometimes. You are not alone.
Reach out for help. Talk to someone in your family or where you worship, a friend, a school counselor, teacher, or your doctor or diabetes educator. It might help to write down your feelings in a journal. If you still feel down or sad, ask your parents to help you find a counselor.
It is okay to ask for help.
There are many people who care about you and want to help you stay healthy and happy. Your health care team (diabetes educator, dietitian, doctor, nurse, psychologist, and social worker) can help you learn how to make healthy food choices, be more active, and feel good about yourself. Stay in touch with them. Let your health care team know how you feel and what you need.
You or your parents need to give the school nurse, teacher, or other school staff a copy of your diabetes care plan. Let people at your school know you have diabetes and that you need to eat healthy foods, eat your meals, take your medicine on time, and be physically active.
Don’t let diabetes stop you from joining in school activities. You can do all the things your friends do and then some!
It’s easier to manage diabetes when the whole family works at it with you. So…
What’s healthy for you is healthy for everyone in your family.
Ever worry that your friends may have wrong ideas about diabetes?
It’s time for you to do something about your diabetes care.
Write down your top three goals—use the chart on the back page!
Choose goals that you really can meet. Put in the date when you set the goal and when you met it.
Take it one step at a time. Make healthy food choices, be more active, and work towards a healthy weight. Soon you’ll see progress and feel great.
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