Hormones. Growth spurts. Mood swings. All combined with blood sugars. The teen years, with diabetes on board, are challenging times for parents and anyone who cares about a child with diabetes. Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents, by well-known diabetes Mom, author, and advocate Moira McCarthy, is a no-nonsense, honest approach at not just surviving but thriving in those years, from a Mom who has been there.