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Father’s Day “Dadvice” from Five Super-Dads

Lessons learned while parenting

scott-benner_largeIn yesterday’s post, four super-dads shared some of their proudest parenting moments. Today, we’ll revisit some of the great “dadvice” that fathers have imparted on The DX and Discuss Diabetes.

George Simmons
The “Ninjabetic” Simmons family

“Being a dad teaches you that each day should be cherished and considered special,” says writer, musician and Ninjabetic blogger George Simmons, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old. “Most of the things that upset us throughout the day will not matter a year from now. What is the point of holding onto things that upset us when we have a chance to make every day with our kids great?”

Further reading: How George finds opportunities to make memories with his kids and why he calls fatherhood “the best job in the world.”

Tom Karlya
Tom in the spotlight

Actor and blogger Tom Karlya says he became a diabetes advocate when his daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992. A decade later his youngest son, Rob, was also diagnosed with T1. His favorite bit of dadvice? “Always have a backup for your backup of diabetes supplies. If you think you have an extra set of something, make sure you have another set. I guarantee sometime in your life you will use it.”

Further reading: Tom dishes on his diabetes advocacy work and the importance of being prepared as a parent of kids with T1.

Mitchell Schare
Mitchell and daughter Leah

When Mitchell Schare was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 48, his first thought was his family. He lost 70 pounds, making adjustments to his eating habits and adding regular physical activity to his life. When his daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, “I felt like I gave this to my daughter, even though I understood, rationally, that this was a case of genetics that I couldn’t control,” he says. “I’ve processed a lot of these emotions since then, but I still see that, as her father, I’m a contributor to who she is, both the good and the bad.”

Further reading: D-dad Dr. Mitchell Schare on the family impact of diabetes.

Father’s Day moments

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 32, Tim Ryan reached out to the JDRF when first his son and then daughter were also diagnosed with T1. Although a tireless JDRF advocate, Tim says he doesn’t think of himself as “the perfect dad,” though he does have some tips he’s learned in his years as a d-dad. “Set an example and be a coach to your kids,” he says. “Model a healthy lifestyle and talk about making good choices. Help kids find activities they love.”

Further reading: More advice from d-dad and advocate Tim Ryan, including the importance of remaining positive.

Eric Magill
Eric enjoys being active outside

Sci-fi writer and blogger Eric Magill says that his type 2 diabetes at age 27 was a wake-up call that led to making more healthful choices, for himself and for his wife and son. Since then, he’s made a point each day of taking long walks with his son or running around the yard together. He’s also changed the way his family eats. “Before, there was never anything green on my plate,” he elaborates. “I’ve grown to like salads – I mean it; like them!” Eric believes the best “dadvice” he can give his son is by “modeling the way life should be. … We’re living a full life and doing it a healthy way. That just makes me feel great as a dad.”

Further reading: The steps Eric Magill took to get lose weight and get fit while eating more healthfully.

You may also enjoy:

D-Family Dynamics: Three books by parents of T1 children

Life with Diabetes: D-Parent Self Care: Tips for parents of a child with T1

Fostering Independence in a Child Living with Diabetes: D-dad John Crowley offers fatherly insight

George Simmons, Tom Karlya, Mitchell Schare, Tim Ryan and Eric Magill received no compensation for their posts on Discuss Diabetes and The DX. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees and/or contributors, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.

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