I am so happy to have stumbled across this message board as a place for me to vent some of my feelings and frustrations.....you see my 12 year old daughter (13 in May) was just diagnosed on January 10, 2009 and as her mother I am dealing with, at times, often a very angry pre-adolescent girl. It has been extremely difficult for me as her Mom, who seems to get the brunt of the anger, not Dad, to deal with her lashing out and saying things like, "why me", "i don't want diabetes", "i don't want to do this anymore (injections), it hurts", "you don't know what you are talking about", "you don't understand" etc. I feel hurt by her comments as we have always had a very close, loving relationship. I feel like I don't have the answers for her and that I should, I just want to take it away from her. I am always second-guessing myself when she is in these states and I am trying my best to soothe her that I just am doing the "right" thing as in some of these instances it just escalates and I walk away from the situation. I hear from our diabetic educator that it will get better, I hope that this is the case. In reading some of the other posts on this message board I realize that I am not the only one in the world going through this type of thing and I was hoping that anyone out there with some advice on how to handle this situation who may have gone through the same type of reaction to having diabetes at my daughters age would be helpful....we do have a friend of the family with a child the same age but their daughter was diagnosed as an infant and it really is a totally different experience for us than them.
Thanks so much for any and all advice.