I am doing some research on this problem. I know that the family and the patient are in a state of shock with all that they must learn and process just to take care of the disease, but the patient still may have a few functioning islets. Researchers may be able to preserve them, or at least study their distruction to help find a cure or treatments. Once they have had Type 1 for 10 weeks, such studies are nearly impossible.
How might these families and patients be approached? What might work?
How could doctors and nurses be encouraged to suggest that they consider participating in studies?
If you have had diabetes for a while, what do you wish someone had told you at the outset that you found out later? What would have helped if you had known that information right after the diagnosis?
Any responses would be much appreciated.