My 13 year old daughter was just diagnosed 9 days ago on January 19, 2011. Our family has pulled together to help her through this and I have stayed strong and calm for her, but when I'm at work or running errands on my own, I get very weepy and will cry at the drop of a hat.
I have a strong faith in God so I know that everything happens for a reason and that everything will turn out okay, but some days I can't help wondering why this happened to her. I wish that I could take it away, but I know that that's not realistic.
On the night that we took her to emergency and she was admitted, my husband spent the night with her and I went home to be with my son. I couldn't sleep that night and cried myself to sleep. When I woke up in the morning, it was weird. For a second I forgot about what happened and then when I remembered, I had this sadness and dread with me. It was a lot like when my Dad died ten years ago. I guess in a way it's like grieving for the old life that she won't have anymore.
Since my daughter has been diagnosed, I have been comforted by the fact that it is a manageable disease and that she can live a long life. People at work and customers who have kids with type 1 have reached out to me. They have been great. I'm also comforted by the fact that my daughter has been brave through this and has taken everything in stride. I read in one of the group discussions that this may change, so I will just hope for the best.
I would really like to join a support group, but my husband and daughter don't want to go. I really don't have the time anyways and just want to stay close to my daughter. I was happy to have found this site because it's the next best thing to joining a support group. It's comforting to hear from other people that are going through the same thing you are. My extended family (brother and sister's spouses and families) have been really supportive too, but I feel a bit separated from them now. They get to lead their nice lives and while they take an interest in how my daughter checks her blood glucose level and how she takes her insulin, they just really can't relate.
So thank you in advance to everyone for sharing their stories and tips. I hope one day that I will be able to provide the same wisdom and help.