Teens living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) face unique challenges every day. And parenting a teen with T1D presents specific challenges as well. Here are some resources for parents and teens:
- Teens Talk About Diabetes (TTAD)
JDRF Middle Tennessee hosts a monthly meeting of Teens
Talk About Diabetes (“TTAD”) where a group of teens meets over dinner to discuss life with T1D – and just life in general – with the discussion moderated by an adult with T1D who has lived through those tough teen years. TTAD meets in Brentwood and is led by Mary Lyn Schuh. Please email Mary Lyn to be added to the email list for meeting date announcements.
- Connect with other parents
Parents with teens can connect with other parents who are in the same life stage – and parents whose children have gone off to college and are adults – through our connection groups and mentoring.
- Teen Toolkit
This guide offers practical advice to help address the questions most common to teens with T1D—mood swings, academic performance, friendships, driving with T1D, and many others—so that parents and teens know what to expect and can enjoy this unique time in their lives. Download the toolkit here or contact our office for a hard copy.
- Service Hours
Teens wanting to earn service hours are always welcome at the JDRF Middle Tennessee Chapter! Our volunteer needs and projects fluctuate throughout the year, but you can contact our office to let us know of your interest and we will work with you to get some service hours scheduled.
- Additional Resources
We have some great resources available on the Life with T1D for Teens page of our National website.