The purpose of the Grandparents of T1D Kids group is to provide emotional support for each other and to identify our educational needs and sources so that we can:
1) Develop more self-confidence in dealing with our "new normal" world
2) Provide more effective emotional support for our children as they care for their T1D children
3) Become better caregivers for our T1D grandchildren
4) Meet, listen and mentor grandparents of newly diagnosed T1D kids
We want our group members to share their experiences, ask questions, provide ideas and opinions, start discussion topics, etc.
NOTE: The information we share is not intended to be prescriptive or to act as a substitute for the specific medical advice given to our family members.
Latest Activity: Oct 2
As grandparents and parents we experience the joy and happiness of having children and grandchildren. We experience the sadness and pain that comes along, too. A Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) diagnosis certainly provides us with challenges we had not imagined. In the hierarchy of families, we, as grandparents, need to be strong, rational and caring. We also need to be open and proactive to learn how to become caregivers emotionally and physically.
The reality is we have to put our needs aside to help ensure the well-being of our families. So where can we turn to help us deal with our situation – our “new normal” world? One answer to this question became the genesis of the Grandparents of T1D Kids group. We need to support each other to become better at helping our families and ourselves.
With the wonderful support of JDRF Austin, we started a grandparent group and held our first meeting this spring at the Type1Now Conference. With 22 people in attendance, we had an active discussion about our experiences, concerns and needs. Since then we have established an email forum where we share information among the group members.
As an added benefit, Manny Hernandez, President of Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF), attended and spoke at the conference. He encouraged us to grow our grandparent group without borders. To that end, we are using DHF and its organizations, Diabetes Advocates and TuDiabetes, as vehicles to attract new members and grow to meet our goal of enabling grandparents to be proactive participants in the T1D world.
Please join us. Actively participate. Invite others to join us.
An Open Letter: TuDiabetes%20Open%20Letter%20to%20Grandparents.docx
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