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If your child has diabetes and is about to turn 18…

December 8, 2010

A JDRF Dallas family brought the following to our attention and wanted to share their experience to possibly help other families.

IMPORTANT: This information is not meant to be used as a substitute for the advice of an attorney.  If you have questions or if you would like to learn more please refer to a professional.

If your child has diabetes and is about to turn 18, you may want to consider doing a Designation of Guardian so that you can speak, mainly, to your child’s doctors, pharmacies and schools. This family was struck with this when their son turned 18 and they could not order insulin for him.

To take it to the next level, unless he signs papers before he enters a doctor’s office, they could not speak directly to his physicians. For them, as parent’s to a child living with type 1 diabetes, they may have a case where their son is unable to communicate and they would need proper documentation to speak on his behalf.

This is why they have decided to get a Designation of Guardian completed. These are the same papers that you might have in place for an elderly family member so that you can speak to their doctors and on their behalf. [View Frequently Asked Questions About Guardianships] As mentioned above, if you have questions please refer to a legal representative for more information.

JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.


To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Peggy Cooper permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:53 am

    Can you offer any information for 18 year olds without health insurance in obtaining insulin at a reduced rate? I am in desperate of Lanuts and Humalog insulin. Thank you in advance for your help.

    • March 18, 2011 1:56 pm

      Thanks for the note and your question! We have a resource sheet that contains helpful information about financial support for diabetes at Also, listed in this document are companies that donate supplies, including Lilly Care who helps provide free insulin. I hope you will find this information beneficial and there may be some other options worth looking into within this resource sheet as well. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help with. Thanks again for reaching out to JDRF!

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