9-year-old T1 in Arizona - would love to connect

My 9-year-old son was just diagnosed. Would love to connect with parents/kids in Arizona. We’re new to this; I feel completely overwhelmed.

Where are you in AZ? My son is 9 and was diagnosed 2 years ago. We live in Tucson.

We live in Gilbert. Has your son attended one of the summer camps?

No, we are little overprotective, not really comfortable sending our kids off, even though I’m sure they would do great with the T1D stuff.

We also have a 15-year-old boy that was diagnosed at the same time, and we’ve done a lot of research about products and stuff, if you have any questions. There is a T1D “walk” in Tucson every year in October. We brought a bunch of people down from the PHX area last year, it was really awesome.

Yes, we’d be interested in going to the Tucson walk! Are your kids on the insulin pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring system? My son was diagnosed only 1 week ago, and is already tired of finger pricks.

How did you discover both your children were Type 1? We have an older child, also; she’s 13-years-old.

Btw, our son has a Facebook page called From Kellen’s View, where he talks about the things he’s going through regularly. You and your son may find it interesting.

Hi Kelly,
Completely understand where you are coming from. My son just turned 12 and was diagnosed in January. We have learned a lot since and we are here in Gilbert!

Hi! We are in Tucson too. I jave a 14 yr. Old boy who needs friends with T1D. He doesnt know anyone with T1 and it secretctly gets him although he wont admit it. Been diagnosed since 7yrs.

Hi! I’m not in Arizona. I’m actually in Florida, but I am a T1 Diabetic, and have been for over 40 years. I also have a 17 year old son who was diagnosed at 21 months. I’m sure you feel overwhelmed, but please know…it does get easier! Checking sugars and taking insulin, etc., will become second nature to you. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but it does get easier!
I’m an Author/Illustrator of Childrens Books. One of my books is called “My Pancreas Needs Glasses”. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northeast Florida actually includes my book in their Bags of Hope that is given to every child that’s diagnosed with T1 Diabetes before they leave the hospital. It’s a lighthearted book that simply makes kids realize that they are not alone, and that everyone “has a story” or something to deal with, whether it’s Diabetes or any other medical condition. I’d love to give you one for your son. Feel free to call me,(904) 540-9262, if it would be okay to send you one. As one Mother of a Diabetic child to another, I hope you’ll accept my gift. I also hope you realize that you are not alone either! We’re all in this together! :heart: