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Happy Fathers Day! This is a shoutout to all those incredible Dads who are taking care of kids with diabetes or are managing diabetes themselves. From carrying the emergency snacks to nighttime blood sugar tests and showing how to take good care of yourself, it’s tough to be an everyday hero to your little ones. Every fathers day, we like to talk about dads who inspire us to help the community and raise awareness about diabetes.
Alan and Mark are two Dads whose children have Type 1 diabetes and became friends when their young daughters met at diabetes camp. These D-Dads started a podcast “Dads and Diabetes” after realising that dads parenting children with diabetes need support as well. They started the podcast to capture the authentic conversations that they were having about how best to support their children in managing diabetes. They were scared, confused, and unsure of themselves and their roles within the family of how they could support and relate to these changes. They learned from each other and their experiences, and then decided to start a podcast because they knew that they wouldn’t be the only ones feeling this way.
Every day is a learning experience, even when there is a history of diabetes in your family, each experience is different and therefore so are the treatment plans. As they said in an interview with Healthline
“We try not to take ourselves too seriously which makes the conversations real and genuine”.
They have reached a large audience across the United States and the world which goes to show the niche that they are reaching and supporting. Some of the main advice these Dads have for new D-Dads is to talk about it. Navigating being a parent of a child with diabetes is scary and disorienting and not talking about it can increase the anxiety surrounding aspects that are out of our control. Being there for others reminds them and other parents that they are not alone and these experiences are common among many other members in their community.
Some of the main advice these Dads have is to start the conversation and seek support and advice from others in a similar situation. Currently, there is no fixing Type 1 Diabetes, it is out of our control however you can control the discussions you have with others and the support you give and receive. Join our Glucology Support Port on Facebook which is a platform to connect with others who are in a similar situation to you. This platform also enables you to share your own experiences, as well as give and receive advice from others in the community.
Being a D-Dad comes with many challenges, managing your child’s diabetes while also managing work, other children and general life stressors. Living with diabetes means that you have to be resilient, and parents have to support their children as much as they can to navigate through life. We want to recognise and thank all dads for the role they play in their children’s lives and for supporting diabetes management.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.