Mar­ried to di­a­betes Shar­ing is car­ing…

A di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis af­fects the whole fam­ily, but han­dled well it can nur­ture love

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When some­one you love is di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes, it could pro­vide the per­fect cli­mate for con­trol­ling, ob­ses­sive and po­ten­tially joy-smoth­er­ing be­hav­iour. But hang on! Your role as a carer – as the part­ner or par­ent of some­one with di­a­betes – is to be sup­port­ive and em­pa­thetic. While you can’t leave di­a­betes man­age­ment to the gods and just get on with life, to­gether you can work out an ap­proach that’s right for you.

No­body’s say­ing it’s easy. “The emo­tional roller­coaster of anger, frus­tra­tion, de­nial and sad­ness is ex­pe­ri­enced by the part­ner or carer as well as the per­son di­ag­nosed,” says Ja­nine Clarke, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at Mend Psy­chol­ogy and The Syd­ney ACT Cen­tre. “And it’s im­por­tant to know this is nor­mal.”

When anx­i­ety over some­one’s well­be­ing gen­er­ates un­help­ful re­sponses, it’s time to tap into the al­ter­na­tives. Here are some ex­am­ples of what you may feel like say­ing but prob­a­bly shouldn’t.



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