Support group

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-02-23 05:57:09 -0600
Started 2012-02-22 07:12:39 -0600

Any ideas how to start a support group in my area? Do you need a nurse or dietitian in attendance? Is there legal issues I would need to be aware of? Is there a group already established and we could join (like Weight watchers) only for diabetes? Ideas? Pros cons?

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diabetesfree 2012-02-23 05:57:09 -0600 Report

Assuming that you are in the United States, you are guaranteed to right to meet with others and form groups (formal or informal) as you see fit. You are simply practicing your first ammendment rights. You can relate what has happened to you personally. However, if you start making claims about a drug that you have some vested finincial interest in, you could have problems with the law. That is rarely the case with support groups though. My first suggestion would be to contact your local hospital. Many hospitals donate meeting rooms for these types of groups and would be glad to forward you their info. If you can't find out anything from that souce, I might suggest using the website They have tons of different types of groups. One of them may be in your area. As a last resort, you might try Craigslist. Groups that hold meetings often make announcements there. If there is none, you can always make a post asking if anyone would like to form one. Hope this helps!

anniebell01 2012-02-22 07:50:04 -0600 Report

Thanks for your input I appreciate it

jayabee52 2012-02-22 11:49:37 -0600 Report

Howdy Annie!
There is a Support group here in Las Vegas where I live. It is run by a couple of RNs. The main leader Chris had a mother who died from diabetes complications and he married Theresa, who is a T1 and is a "pumper". They meet 1x/mo in a branch library. There is a website here ~ there is contact info for Chris and Theresa on the letter "c" in the circle on the landing page.

You may be able to contact them and gain valuable insights into running, and perhaps starting a support group. Tell chris that James Baker sent you.

I haven't been to ADEMS for a while I gotta get back in touch with the group again.

I pray this is helpful and you are able to get a support group up and running.

James Baker

anniebell01 2012-02-22 07:49:22 -0600 Report

Thank you I find running over to the hospital inconvenient I do love this site I have learned so much, but have so much more to learn. Emotional support would be so great some days life is so overwhelming I just need a one on one or a group who understands and has walked that way before will look into it

GabbyPA 2012-02-22 07:53:44 -0600 Report

I agree. Face to face is great. I know when I took my Diabetes education classes that was a huge uplift for me. To see other folks who had similar struggles or successes in the fight.

GabbyPA 2012-02-22 07:43:50 -0600 Report

Anytime you can get a support group going that is great. One of the first places to ask or start is your local hospital. They may have one already or you may be able to use some of the facilities to start one yourself. Perhaps you can hook up with ADA and see if they have anything local.

I would say a nurse or dietitian is not required, but I would encourage the group to find some professionals to speak at the meetings or to join as a group to take some educational classes together. You can go out and walk together, share recipes and vent. You make it how you want it.

Make it fun. Make it personal. It is like what we offer here. We are basically a support for each other. There are professionals and areas to get expert advice, but the most used part is the discussion or support area. There is a reason for that. I think it is lacking in the medical community, and we need it. So we form groups of folks who get where we are coming from.

TsalagiLenape 2012-02-22 07:43:18 -0600 Report

No you dont but it does help to have one or the other on board. As far as legal issues you would need to have to check that out. You could start up a group in your local library perhaps. It would help to be able to Weight Watchers but I dont know. They'd want to do it by their curriculum. Its a great idea but I'd would want to find out in my community who all would be interested. If they are able to attend what days and time frame. Plus have maybe some snacks on hand diabetic friendly. Check out with the American Association of Diabetes they may know of one. Hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs