One thing I wish my parents knew is what it is like being a diabetic. Wearing a pump and a sensor 24/7; it’s not easy especially when it comes to clothes and finding outfits. If they knew how difficult it is, then they might have a better understanding of what I go through.
Ashley B. (age 15)
I wish they could feel the blood sugar swings. There’s just such a weird feeling for both, and you can’t describe it.
Allie (age 13)
One thing I wish my parents knew about my diabetes is that it doesn’t worry me as much as it does them. I think of it as just another part of my life and they think of it as something that could kill me at any moment. With the right supplies, it’s fairly easy to manage, and as long as you look out for those unexpected highs and lows it doesn’t pose too much threat on a day to day basis
Page (age 17)
I wish that my parents understood why I don’t want to do it sometimes or why I don’t want them constantly reminding me to do it. They’re always on me about checking my sugar and taking shots. Sometimes they act as if I don’t remember I have diabetes and I know how to manage it myself.
Laura (age 16)
I wish they knew that it’s tougher to handle than they know, and it makes me moody and tired the majority of the time. It goes deeper than just the books, or whatever. They can read all they want about diabetes, and look into it as far as they please, but they’re never going to understand how I actually feel. I wish they’d understand that I AM trying, but it’s hard.
Jessica (age 19)
One thing I wish my parents knew about my diabetes is how easily it does escape your mind. Yes, I have a pump on my side and all my equipment, but that has become a norm; and so it is extremely easy to forget to check and bolus. I never intentionally forget to take care of myself and I know what to do, it just escapes my mind in the rush of daily life.
Mercedes (age 16)
I wish they knew what it felt like to be in my shoes. They don’t understand that I don’t want to do things because of my numbers, or that my attitude is because of my high blood sugar. I also want them to know what highs and lows feel like.
Claire (age 16)
I wish my parents knew how annoying this thing I have to live with is as a teenager.. I’m supposed to be a teenager who doesn’t care and is lazy and can eat a whole bag of chips while lying on the couch, without getting up I might add, but I sadly can’t, because my body decided when I was 7, that I had to grow up there and then. I can’t be a normal kid, I mean sort of but not truly, and I certainly can’t be a normal teenager. I merely wish my parents could take a week in my shoes, as a teenager with diabetes.
Cole (age 15)
I’m not nearly as stressed about it as they are, and I know how I feel so I can generally tell about where my sugar is. I can do this basically on my own, although it is nice when you come home at 8 am and test me on the weekends so I can get my morning number, or when you put in my CGM sensor every two weeks because you’re just better at it. I may be a loser for it but I like it when you do it, so there, Cheryl. Love you mom, Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!
Jordan (age 17)
I wish my parents knew how to find a cure.
One thing I wish my parents knew about my diabetes is that I don’t forget to check my blood sugar or do my insulin on purpose. Sometimes I just caught up in what everybody else is doing, which is obviously not going to be doing diabetic related tasks, and not even think about it.
Ian (age 13)
I wish that my parents would realize that it’s not something that is instantly learned, and that it’s hard. I don’t always do things perfectly, and when I don’t they’re like, “Come on! How could you forget that!” and they just won’t listen to my saying that it is hard. They always say to that “well you’re a smart boy and you shouldn’t mess up”. But, frankly, I’m a human too.
Jayden (age 16)
I wish they understood that it’s harder than it looks. And remembering to give insulin when you eat is hard. Simple as it sounds, being a teenager and having a serious medical condition isn’t the first thing we want to think about, yet often it is. Sometimes it’s just hard to realize what their kid goes through no matter how much they think they understand they don’t. And they never will understand completely.
Cameron (age 16)
I want them to understand that I can handle it on my own and they have nothing to worry about. Over the years I’ve learned more and more, and now I’m basically fully independent. I can do almost everything without parental help, besides the insurance and paperwork. I’ll leave all that gross stuff to them.
Josh (age 17)
How yucky the highs and lows feel. And to understand why we get so snappy and short fused when our blood sugars are unstable!
Ashley C. (age 14)
I know how to handle it.
Brandon (age 15)
I wish my mom knew what this physically felt like. I wish there was something that would not hurt her, but where she could actually feel what a low and a high feel like. I still think my mom understands it pretty well.