A condition such as diabetes requiring lifestyle changes and adjustment does not only impact the person who is diagnosed. Fathers and mothers dedicate time and efforts on a daily basis in caring for their children living with diabetes. For example, the role of the mother is crucial, especially since time spent on domestic tasks and care activities falls more often than not on women.1 Most of the time, the mother will be the one adjusting the lifestyle of the entire family, including eating habits, to fit the requirements of the family member(s) with the disease. She will also often be the one looking after the therapeutic and psychological aspects of a child with type 1 diabetes.
At IDF Europe we recognize the crucial role of parents and the greater family in the daily management of diabetes. To celebrate this day, we have asked Lauren Quinn, an IDF Europe youth advocate and current staff exchange to discuss the impact of diabetes on her family. Edgar from Brussels also told us about his life since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years ago.