Diabetes stress and struggles don't just smack at the PWD (person with diabetes). The rest of the family is impacted, too.
That's the message two well-known type 1s and diabetes advocates — Dr. Bill Polonsky of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute and Former Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson, who leads the Bringing Science Home program at University of South Florida Health (providing resources for patients and families affected by chronic diseases) — are pushing with a new initiative.
They've teamed up to launch a new website, Just for Parents, which focuses on the emotional needs of parents coping with the stress and struggles of managing their child's diabetes.
Hey, this is great (!), since we all know diabetes is a family disease affecting parents, spouses and partners, children, and even friends and colleagues. The Just for Parents initiative is actually the first of a multi-part project for people who support and care for PWDs. Last month (which was National Mental Health Awareness Month), Dr. Polonsky published a call-to-action here at the 'Mine about the needs of spouses and partners... well, this is part of the same project!
The Spouses/Partners project will be Phase 2, so if you want to get a taste for what that website will be like, take a look at the Parents site.
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At the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, I had the opportunity to sit down with Nicole for a one-on-one interview about the project, and how it can help parents who themselves are burning out on diabetes: