Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 2, 2000
Question from Virginia, USA:
My 18 year old daughter was diagnosed at age 13 and has been rebelling against diabetes for almost a year now. At one point, I discovered she had not taken her insulin for almost three months. I think she needs professional counseling. I am at my wits end! How and where can I find her the help she needs?
It certainly sounds as if your daughter is burned-out from diabetes care. William H. Polonsky, PhD just wrote a book, Diabetes Burnout: What To Do When You Can’t Take it Anymore, that may be very helpful to you and your daughter. However, the most important thing you can do for her right now is to get her into counseling with a mental health professional who is familiar with the burdens of living with diabetes. Your daughter’s diabetes team would be an excellent resource for a referral, as would your local chapter of the American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.