Brothers Alex and Eric know what it's like
when more than one kid in the family
has diabetes. Their story >
Once you have been diagnosed, you will probably see changes in the way your parents, brothers and sisters, and other family members act toward you. Parents and other adult relatives may be worried about you taking part in some of the activities you normally take part in, such as playing on sports teams or staying overnight at a friend's house. Siblings (brothers and sisters) may be jealous of all the special attention you are getting. And all of them may be watching everything you do, and don't do, and just getting in your space too much!
All of this can be hard to take. You may feel angry or frustrated with your family members, and even lose your temper at times. You may wish they would just leave you alone. These are all normal feelings to have.
But keep in mind that your family has to adjust to your diabetes, just like you do. In time, things will feel more normal again. Talking about your feelings and telling your parents and siblings when they do or say something that bothers you can really help.
No matter how angry or frustrated you may feel, remember that the people in your family love and care about you. Most of what they say and do, no matter HOW annoying, they do because they want you to be well!