Living with Diabetes

Support for Parents: The PEP Squad

Whether your family is new to diabetes or you’re encountering a new set of challenges, the DRI Foundation is here to help. After all, we're in this together.

Our PEP Squad -- Parents Empowering Parents -- offers emotional support and practical tips from professionals and fellow parents Parents Empowering Parentswho live with diabetes day-to-day. On our private PEP Squad group on Facebook, you can connect with other diabetes parents, share stories and struggles, complain, vent, or mentor and shed new light. Someone is usually "out there" at any time of day -- even in the wee hours after that 3 a.m. blood sugar check. Sometimes, all you need is to know you’re not alone and that someone else “gets it.”  

The DRI Foundation takes the opinions of this group seriously. We responded to members' concerns and because this is a closed, or private, group, only approved members are able to read posts.

Some of the topics discussed include insurance issues, nighttime testing, travel tips, facing fears, holiday hints, bragging rights (about the brave kids!), tools, teens and tantrums. Whatever the issue, there are usually comments or suggestions. However, please remember that everyone is different, and you should check with your health care professionals before changing something your doctor had previously advised.

Sign Up for Some PEP Talk

Get monthly news-you-can-use like balancing life at work and at home, travel tips, parental grief, managing sick days, baby sitters and more. Learn from diabetes experts and parents just like you who might already have dealt with the same issue you're facing now. Sign up as a DRI Insider and we'll email the next "PEP Talk" to your inbox.

Get PEP Squad Brochures

Your child was just diagnosed with diabetes. Now what? So many parents have asked this question. Our PEP Squad brochure can give you the answers and information on how to go on living your life with diabetes in your family. Read the PEP Squad brochure in English or in Spanish, or email us to order a hard copy.

My Child is Not Always With Me!

Put your mind at ease and download "A Guide for School Personnel and Child Care Providers" -- a useful tool for all teachers, nurses, counselors, lunchroom staff, recreation leaders, hall monitors, bus drivers, and anyone else who might come in contact with your child with diabetes.

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Our diabetes educators and other professionals have written helpful tips on a wide variety of day-to-day management topics. You can find News You Can Use  and Resources and Tips to help you and your family.

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A Guide for School Personnel and Child Care Providers

Educate teachers, school personnel and other child care providers about taking care of your child with type 1 diabetes. Order free printed brochures now.