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Re: [IP] When your child realizes what diabetes is....

Dear Laura,
l went through the same thing your going through, my daughter was diagnosed
at the age of 5, she was able to deal with it so much better than l was and
l think it was because she took one day at a time and never looked at long
term, l how ever saw the long term effects every time l saw her bs out of
l think it all happened very naturaly, she would hear something from a
support group and ask about it, thats when l would be very honest and answer
as much as l thought she should know at that time.
She is 12 years old now and l have given her all the cold hard facts so she
can make her own decisions on how well she controls herself, the older they
get the more they want to know why they have to do all this gruelling stuff,
and Katie knows her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is less
complications with better contol.     From: Laura Lentini
<email @ redacted>

To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Monday, December 20, 1999 7:42 AM
Subject: [IP] When your child realizes what diabetes is....

>I want to thank all of you for all your great advice and for being so
>I want to ask parents of children who were dxed at a very young age when
>how their children became aware of the possible complications of diabetes.
>Laura is 6 and I'm concerned about when the day comes when she realizes
>could possibly happen from complications.  She is totaly unaware at this
>point.  I don't want her one day reading a book or being on this website
>discovering the harsh realities.
>I want to sit her down at some point and explain to her.  But at what age?
>How?  Has anyone lived through this who can give me some advice?  When
>people ask Laura how can she take all those shots a day, she says "well I
>don't want to die" with a smile on her face, so she does know there are
>consquences to her actions and non-actions.
>Thank you.
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