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SUPPORT GROUPS: A Helping Hand




 

 

Whether a person is newly diagnosed with diabetes, has been
diagnosed for years, or is the parent of a child with diabetes, support

groups can be an invaluable resource. Different groups serve
different purposes.

Some groups are more educational, with members helping other
members with advice, suggestions and solutions for challenges. Some
groups are more social, enabling people with diabetes to network with
each other and offer encouragement and support. Other groups are
specifically targeted — for parents of children with diabetes, or for
caretakers of people with diabetes. These groups help members to
express their feelings of anxiety, guilt, fear or exhaustion, and members

can help other members with tips on how to ease the burden.

Groups are available in every state, and finding one is easier than
you might think. Check out the following resources to help you find
a local group that meets your needs.

• Defeat Diabetes Foundation — The Defeat Diabetes Foundation
has a listing of diabetes education programs and peer support groups
in all 50 states. The listing is available at www.defeatdeabetes.org/
self_management .text.asp?id=DiabetesSuppport_Gro

• TuDiabetes is a social networking site for people with diabetes.
This online support network allows people to interact, post advice,
ask questions, write a blog and more. In addition, there are lists of
events and specific groups of people who use insulin pumps, people
who are married to someone with diabetes, parents of children with
Type 1 diabetes, Christian diabetes, single diabetes and almost any
other topic you can imagine. This comprehensive site is located at
tudiabetes.com.

• The Children with Diabetes site provides a list, by state, of support

groups for families. These groups allow children with diabetes
to meet their peers, and help parents new to the situation to get
advice from more experienced parents. www.childrenwithdiabetes.
com/support

• Ashley’s Diabetes Information Center was created by a mother
after her daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. The site offers a
list, by state, of diabetes support groups. The site also offers two
online groups: one for teens with diabetes age 12 to 18; the other
for people living with diabetes. www.elviradarknight.com/diabetes/
supportgroups.html

• The American Diabetes Association has online message boards,
which act as virtual support groups allowing members to ask questions

and seek advice. The message boards are broken down into
specific groups such as newly diagnosed, gestational diabetes, teens
and young adults, etc. community. diabetes.org/n/forumindex.
aspx?webtag=adaindex


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