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1 CS Managing the Stress of Diabetes Joe Solowiejczyk, RN MSW CDE Manager, Diabetes Counseling & Training LifeScan, Global Strategic Affairs

2 CS Some of the Challenges: Diagnosis Family Life Daily Management Staying up on latest & greatest stuff Friends School Siblings Juggling it all!

3 CS Coping Options for Individuals: Education Meeting others Support Groups Camps CWD Health Care Team Massage Scheduled/unscheduled falling apart Dinner out/Parent time alone Counseling Religious/Spiritual affiliation Friends Family Yoga Meditation

4 CS Coping options for the Family: Larger focus, to reduce stress, is on the Family MotherFather Child The Family is the Patient Solowiejczyk, J, Diabetes Spectrum Volume 17, Number 1, 2004

5 CS Things to reduce stress for the family: Family emotional supportiveness –Between parents -- are mother and father emotionally available to each other? –Availability -- is there flexibility with daily schedules? Family organization –Joint decision making -- between spouses –Value congruence -- between spouses –Communications patterns -- are messages about rules clear or confusing? Competence/effectiveness –Response to initial symptoms Baker, Rosman, Nogueira, Sargent; Unpublished research data, 1979

6 CS Ultimate Goal: for Individuals & Families ACCEPTANCE & LETTING GO

7 CS THANK YOU & May the FORCE Be with You! Joe Solowiejczyk, RN MSW CDE (484)


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