A Family Member With Type 1 Diabetes Essay

2304 Words Feb 16th, 2016 10 Pages
Do you have a family member with Type 1 diabetes? If so, have you taken time to reflect how it is affecting your own life physically and emotionally? For those who answered yes to the first question particularly, it is possible that it affects you more than you have realized. Diabetes can affect anyone, maybe your mother, father, or even a sibling. “Worldwide, T1D affects millions of adults and at least 440,000 children under the age of 14, with 70,000 being diagnosed each year.” [1] This disease is usually detected during childhood but will face diabetics their entire life. If someone close to you suffers from this disease, it has taken a toll on you and those in your family as well. When a person in any household suffers from diabetes, most, if not all immediate family as well as distant family members will also suffer and become weary because of it. Family becomes more aware of and overprotective in many instances. It may also cause a sense of compassion which sometimes is misconcepted as pity by those who suffer with this misfortune themselves.

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease primarily identified as a juvenile. “Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disorder that affects children of all ages.”[2] “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 10 American adults has diabetes.”[3] Imagine there are 323,000,000 in the U.S making over 32,000,000 people with diabetes alone. We must realize that a child with diabetes…

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