Author: Susanna Lustbader

Experience Journal: Coping with diabetes


Diabetes is a chronic illness that affects over 200,000 children and adolescents in the Unites States. Living with diabetes requires dietary and lifestyle changes that can be challenging for children of all ages. For instance, monitoring blood sugar levels and administering insulin become routine parts of daily life.


If you or your child has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you might feel anxious or overwhelmed. Don’t worry: Millions of people have been through the same experience. Hearing from others who are effectively managing their condition and enjoying a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward easing your anxieties.

Experience Journal, a project of the Boston Children’s Hospital psychiatry program, is a series of stories, videos, and personal experiences that represent the collective wisdom of children, young adults and families living with chronic conditions.

This Experience Journal excerpt features interviews with children and young adults about growing  up with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 

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