Testimonial

Fatima Remal

United Arab Emirates
It's important to never make your child feel that their condition is something bad.

Were you aware of diabetes before your child was diagnosed?

No, I was not aware that diabetes could affect infants and young children. However, when I thought that something was wrong with my baby, I did some research and found out that it was possible.

Did the diagnosis come as a surprise and how did it affect you?

It was a huge shock. It was heartbreaking to see my baby in pain, but I found the strength to cope with it.

What has been most important in supporting your child with diabetes?

Moral support has been key. It's important to never make your child feel that their condition is something bad.

Have you ever faced issues supporting your child with diabetes?

I have daily issues with my child's cravings, mood swings and behaviour changes.

Have you experienced low awareness or misconceptions around diabetes?

People are confused by the different types of diabetes and think that they are basically all the same. So they ask me questions like why my child is on insulin and when he will start on oral medicines.

What does the centenary of insulin mean to you as a parent?

I hope it will lead to further advancements in diabetes care and technology.

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