Homeschooling A Child With Type 1 Diabetes

Learning more about Homeschooling a Type 1 Diabetic Child on the CleverlyChanging Podcast.

Today’s podcast is close to my heart because when my daughter was in kindergarten, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It is also one of the reasons that I continued to homeschool my children for so long. People homeschool for a variety of different reasons, but health concerns was my top reason

History to explore

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The body attacks a person’s pancreas and causes the patient to need insulin to regular the glucose in their blood. For multiple reasons, Type 1 Diabetes, also referred to as juvenile diabetes is a growing concern for families worldwide.

One of the earliest accounts of diabetes was found on papyrus and dates back to the Egyptians in 1550 B.C. Written in hieroglyphics on papyrus, Ancient Egypt documented the occurrence of excessive urination, thirst and weight loss; which is now referred to as type 1 diabetes. People who had it were encouraged to eat more whole grains to regulate their bodies glucose levels (learn more).

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Learning more about Homeschooling a Type 1 Diabetic Child on the CleverlyChanging Podcast.

Dr. Mary Bell Carlson Discusses Homeschooling With Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Carlson is an educator and a mother of three children. COVID pushed her into homeschooling and she’s been enjoying the journey. One of her daughter’s was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease and chronic illness, and her whole world has changed. We’re chatting about how the entire family is adjusting. Here’s the breakdown.

  • How T1D made its way into the Carlson household and the symptoms that led to a diagnosis at 5 years old.
  • How feeling overwhelmed can lead to healing and creating connections on a deep level.
  • Tips on navigating the healthcare system and insurance companies and the financial impact of it all.
  • Finding community in the midst of crisis.
  • Curriculum and respecting the individual needs of your learners.

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