#10...about parenting chronic illness with Stacey Simms


Stacey Simms is the host of the award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections and was named one of Diabetes Forecast Magazine's "12 People to Know: 2017." Stacey's son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, one month before he turned two, and Stacey started blogging about her family's experience with T1D a few weeks later. For more than a decade, she hosted Charlotte’s Morning News on WBT-AM, the city’s top-rated morning radio news show. Stacey's been named to the Charlotte Business Journal’s Forty under 40 and as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County by the Mecklenburg Times.

Check out the full episode below where we talk about parenting children with chronic illness. Find it below, or on iTunes and check out below for some of Stacey’s best tips to supporting your child.

Find Stacey at her website, www.staceysimms.com

Here are a few of Stacey’s top tips:

  • Don’t change the way you live.

    • It can be really overwhelming at first and you may think that there is no way I”m going to be able to keep up with this new world, but you will. It may not be exactly like it was before, but it will get better.

  • Seek out support & build community.

    • Odds are your . new lifestyle comes with some specific oddities and tribulations. By connecting with those in your same season of life, raising a child with a chronic condition, you are able to lean on their knowledge base, supports and resources. Find your people and love them hard!

  • Routine requires no rewards.

    • Be aware of the way you communicate and implement your daily routines to manage your child condition. You definitely don’t want to reward for daily nuances as you want to teach your child this is important for their health and success growing up. Stacey has a great advice in this episode when she is talk ing about measuring blood sugar levels, be sure not to miss it!

If listening to podcasts are not your thing, be sure to check out my post on raising children with autoimmune conditions and how I manage to stay sane. It’s found here if you want to check it out and be sure to follow me (and Stacey!) around on all the things.



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