Building upon the comments expressed on evaluation forms, Kids ‘n’ Us is happy to offer a full day of sessions and programming specific to teens with T1D and their peers and teen family members.
In the past, topics have included test anxiety and high blood sugar, what/when to tell girlfriends/boyfriends, driving with diabetes, drinking dangers of diabetes, diabulemia (the practice of purposely driving blood sugars high in an attempt to lose weight), pregnancy complications, implications of living alone, exercising and T1D, choices in medical care available to adults with T1D, and any other subject of interest to participants. Young adults with T1D facilitate these sessions and openly share their experiences, both challenges and triumphs. Discussion is strongly encouraged with teens invited to bring their concerns and questions to the group.
All comments made during these teen sessions are kept confidential. However, if an issue is discussed that could be dangerous to the participant, they will be counselled to speak to their doctor, family, or other trusted professional to obtain any necessary assistance.