Parenting the Child with Diabetes

It’s Not Just a Numbers Game

Joe Solowiejczyk (Diabetes Nurse Educator, Family Therapist and 50+ year member of the type 1 diabetes community)

With his characteristic honesty and humour, Joe shares his views on coping with the emotions and challenges of living with diabetes. Find out what Joe wants parents-of-the-recently-diagnosed to know; discover what it takes to do well with diabetes; learn how to break the nagging/noncompliance cycle with your teen; hear about how coming to terms with powerlessness can bring freedom for the whole family.

(Recorded Summer 2008)

You Can Do This

Joe Solowiejczyk (Diabetes Nurse Educator, Family Therapist and 50+ year member of the type 1 diabetes community)

In his contribution to the You Can Do This Project (a “grassroots video movement, created by and for people with diabetes, that provides validation, hope, and encouragement through honest talk”) Joe assures us that emotional meltdowns don’t mean that we’re failing to cope well with diabetes. Joe also shares his strategies for embracing frustration and anger, and offers encouragement for the journey.


(Recorded July 2012)