wanting to start a local support group

larry A
By larry A Latest Reply 2011-05-12 15:54:41 -0500
Started 2010-04-27 20:39:02 -0500

I am looking for information and materials that I could use to help others in my community to help manage their diabetic needs.

I have some materials already but am looking for other material that I can give away as they use the support group does anyone know where I can get this type of material or have any suggestions as to available resources that I can tap into

4 replies

gbc43 2011-05-12 15:54:41 -0500 Report

This is how I did it .My Dr sent me to the class and then from the class which was put on by U.of M. im Michigan . Our group leader is a retired diabeties educator . She still work on spiecal projects . She is a type 1.

GabbyPA 2010-04-28 10:21:37 -0500 Report

We need more people like you who are willing to step up to the plate and fill in the gaps. Thanks Larry!

If the hospitals don't have one already or if you want to start like a meet up group or something you can also talk to "Taking Control of Your Diabetes" group. http://tcoyd.org/ I found them to be very helpful for me. I think in someways they are a little more up to date than the ADA, but both organizations can help a lot. The ADA is www.diabetes.org.
I know that the stuff my doctor gave me was so out dated that I handed it back to him with corrections.

We need more groups that are just people helping each other. We get enough of the doctor speak and dietitian prods. Sometimes you just need a group that enjoys each others company and go to the movies or a book store together. We can have fun at a picnic where we don't have to say no to the dishes that are there. A group where fishing off a dock is just as important as checking our levels.

More power to you Larry! Please tell us how you do.

Robbibird3 2010-04-28 08:59:45 -0500 Report

I live in a small town area. I would have to ask my doctor if there was such a thing as a support group in my area. I would not mind as I could use the socialization aspect.

But I do agree with the first replier. Get in touch with diabetic organizations online. Talk to both doctors and nurses, because what one does not know the other will, usually. Most hospitals will have a diabetic nutritionist as most of us do end up there occasionally. You can also contact pharmaceutical companies that produce diabetic drugs or paraphenalia.

The above should help you get started.

Good luck

spiritwalker 2010-04-27 21:21:01 -0500 Report

I suggest you get in touch with your Dr. or local hospital. Most
have support groups for diabetes. I live in a semi-rural area.
We have support meetings every week. One week each month for: type 1, type2, teens/kids, and a type1-pump group. You
might be surprised at what you find. If there aren't any contact
the ADA and they will help you. Many drugs companies offer free literature. If you hav a diabetes education center contact
them. They might help with speakers and so on. Good luck
with your plans.

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