Sponsors ?

By tattedstar Latest Reply 2013-09-26 19:09:16 -0500
Started 2013-09-23 15:12:45 -0500

I'm new on here. I have been reading the post and what came to mind was. We should have sponsers , we all need support and we all fall of the wagon just like , alcoholics. What does everyone think?

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6 replies

tattedstar 2013-09-25 12:55:14 -0500 Report

Shelly I don't think I made it sound right, the reason I started thinking bout it because I read one of the post and the people made the other person feel like crap, a bad mom, and that she didn't care bout her self. She had just asked how to make it work. Maybe there's a diffrent way we can go about it.

Nick1962 2013-09-25 09:48:34 -0500 Report

I like the concept because the one and only organized “support group” I went to was such a miserable failure that I basically had to become my own support group if I was to succeed.

I think the term “coach” or “mentor” might have a less addictive connotation, and as Shelly points out, the logistics to do it right might pose a challenge. There would have to be some way to “qualify” someone as a coach I would think first. Then, obviously would that person bring more to the table on-line versus a local professional organization.

I’m currently involved in a mentorship program and have weekly communication with those I mentor. We have only met face-to-face once over the last 6 months, but due to the nature of the program/business I’m in, I get weekly evidence of their progress. Oversight is limited, but we’re bound by the issue that any advice we provide has to be both professionally and legally sound. Plus our “mentees” can kick us out of the program and even report us to our professional board if it’s not.

Honestly, if it were something informal, I’d get involved, but on my schedule and I’d have to work with someone who was willing to put in the work. Like I said, I like the concept and this could be a good grassroots project for you to work on. Maybe the folks here at DC collectively could identify qualifying mentors (aside from the professionals we already have), but run with it – see where it goes!

GabbyPA 2013-09-26 09:56:30 -0500 Report

So how do you want to try to make this happen? I have tried accountability on the site before and it's okay in the beginning, but gets kind of messy along the way. Should it be one on one??? What do you think.

Nick1962 2013-09-26 19:09:16 -0500 Report

I was going to leave this up to tattedstar as a project – her idea and wouldn’t want to steal her thunder (and possibly glory), but I think that depends on the individual on both sides.
My thing is diet and nutrition, but I was taught (and use) a pretty “boot camp” approach. Give me 12 weeks and I can have you on your way. Nothing emotional about it. Some folks don’t respond to, or need that.
I think if we had enough dialogue amongst us, we could come up with something. Tatted kind of explained what she had thought a little above, and I think I see where she’s going (and hope she'll correct me if I'm wrong). Part of the problems with social media like this is when you post here, you open yourself up to really any response which is great for a lot of things, but sometimes there’s just one person we really need to hear from that can help.

ShellyLargent 2013-09-23 22:36:43 -0500 Report

Being an online support group, and therefore online sponsors, there would really be no accountability on people's parts for either side of the sponsorship relationship. If sponsors were to mentor those who were local in their area and have face to face meetings, I can totally see scammers and cons and fraudulent dealings go down because DC would not be able to oversee this type of an activity. While the thought is good, I'm not really sure it would be something I would get involved in. Most large cities and towns have a local diabetic support groups either through a chapter if the American Diabetes Association or their local hospital or diabetes education center. I think those organizations would be better utilized if personal one on one support is needed.

fatso200 2013-09-23 19:48:16 -0500 Report

I find sponsors and support people keep bringing religion into it and get mad at me when I call them upset and desperate. I talk to myself. I get tired of laying my issues on others and their lousy feedback. I' m my own best friend in the world.

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