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Parent Discussion Board

Helping you cope is critical to helping your child cope with diabetes. We strongly recommend that you reach out for some type of support from others: family and friends, professionals, or from others going through the same thing you are.

Joslin sponsors a professionally moderated discussion board for the parents of children and teens with diabetes. It is a safe place to ask questions, express frustration, and trade advice with others who may be going through similar challenges.

Meet the Moderators

The discussion boards are professionally moderated by members of the Joslin Pediatiric and Adolscent Unit. Moderators include Debbie Butler, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., C.D.E., and Lori Laffel, M.D., M.P.H.

Debbie Butler has been working at Joslin Diabetes Center since 1996. She received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1999. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults with diabetes, as well as their family members. Debbie is particularly interested in using the Internet as a way to support individuals with diabetes and their families in order to enable people with diabetes to be more successful managing their condition, thereby improving their overall health.  When moderating the discussion board, Debbie is supported by the rest of the diabetes treatment team at Joslin Pediatric and Adolescent Unit.

She can respond to your questions and ensure that the information on this site is appropriate and reliable.

Not For Urgent Issues

Please remember that our moderator is not able to respond to every question or posting every day. You must not rely on these discussion boards for help in emergency situations. For urgent problems, always contact your healthcare provider directly.

The content provided on this site is not meant to be a substitute for medical or mental health advice, diagnosis or treatment. We reserve the right to remove any postings that contain obscene, insulting or offensive language, or which could be viewed as objectionable or as violating the privacy rights of others.

Go to the Discussion Boards.

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Page last updated: August 19, 2019