Most people (adults, parents and children) find it a challenge to deal with a diabetes diagnosis. There is a huge amount of information to take in and it can all seem overwhelming. However you are not alone and, over time, you will start to adjust. The important thing is to use the support and information available to help you adjust and make sure you talk about any difficulties rather than bottling it up. Below is a list of support mechanisms available through Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.
Speak to our Careline
TheDiabetes UK Carelinewill offer support and assistance with any queries you may have.
Speak to our Care Advisor in Northern Ireland
The Care Advisor will answer also answer any medical queries or advice requests you may have and can also advise on care in Northern Ireland. Florence will answer queries by telephone (028 9066 6646) oremail.
Access the information on the website
There is some information on the Northern Ireland section relating to care in Northern Ireland. More specific advice on complications, practical difficulties, exercise, food and many other issues are available by clicking on the 'Guide to diabetes' tab at the top of the page.
Join a Northern Ireland support group
Groups exist in various towns across Northern Ireland - both Voluntary Groups and Parent Support Groups. For more informationclick here.
Join our Northern Ireland Facebook Page
If you wonder what other people with diabetes do or you're puzzled about something why not post it on our Facebook Page and get the answers you need. The Facebook Page is useful as you can dip in and out as you need to and you'll also be informed about activities, news, events and developments in diabetes in Northern Ireland. Join here.
Apply for one of our Care Support Events
Diabetes UK Northern Ireland organise a Children's Camp, Youth Holiday and Family Weekend every year to help young people and families adjust to a new diagnosis. For more informationclick here.