Andre’s Stressful Halloween

The weather forecast for tonight said it was going to be a perfect night for trick-or-treating, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-60s. Andre woke up thinking about the leaves changing color, which put him in a good mood. He always loves this time of the year. Today is Halloween, and Andre turned 12-years-old…… Continue reading Andre’s Stressful Halloween

Surviving Halloween

It was October 31st, 1999 and all my friends were begging me to go out with them. I kept saying that I was just going to stay home this Halloween and hand out candy to the neighborhood children. Just safer that way I guess? I know what you are most likely thinking, but it was far worse.

Halloween Trick

It started like every other Halloween. John was excited anticipating all the candy he would get. He didn’t remember that his parents wanted him to give them the candy in exchange for toys. John’s mom thought it was a great idea, toys for candy. Too bad John didn’t think giving his hard earned candy was…… Continue reading Halloween Trick

Halloween Past II

“Halloween night was great!” My client recalled his first Halloween as a child living with diabetes, where he got tons of candy, and since he could no longer have it every day, he was looking forward to it more than ever. In denial, he had made himself believe he would be able to keep it.…… Continue reading Halloween Past II

Halloween Bummer: Fear or Scare!

It’s that day again! I remember as a child how excited I was. And why shouldn’t I have been?  The day brings such excitement to kids across the United States and such fear to some of their parents. All parents have a legitimate right to be worried, with obesity on the rise and diabetes reaching…… Continue reading Halloween Bummer: Fear or Scare!

Diabetes: Don't tell me what to do!

A few years back, a parent came to me in crisis. The parent’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Kristen, was struggling to care for herself, and didn’t seem to care. Kirsten was failing school, on the verge of being held back, not checking her blood sugar or taking her insulin consistently, and contemplating suicide. Kristen had Oppositional Defiant…… Continue reading Diabetes: Don't tell me what to do!

Helping Your Teenager With Diabetes Fit In

My name is Eliot LeBow, and I am a diabetes-focused psychotherapist and life coach. I help people with diabetes reinvent life, helping them move forward positively, productively, and with high hopes. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1977. I have dedicated my life to helping other people with diabetes in the New York Metro area.…… Continue reading Helping Your Teenager With Diabetes Fit In