Thursday, October 28, 2010


Recently, I have felt like I needed more diabetes support. I like to read blog and occasionally comment, but reading something online and talking to someone face-to-face are completely different in my opinion. I went to a diabetes support group when I was younger and first diagnosed. I remember sitting at the table at the hospital with other kids. Our parents would talk to each other. I think the meeting was more support for the parents with diabetic children rather than the children.

Then, I got older and busier. I started to play sports year-round, then I moved north for college. After that I landed in Ohio, where I went to a few diabetes support group meetings and thought they were beneficial. Since moving to Illinois, i have not found a group close to where I live for adults with type 1 diabetes. There is a young adult group in Chicago that meets one time a month, which seems really neat, but it is too far for me to go to those meet-ups, especially on a weekday when i have to get up early the next day.

I can't find anything online; however, I know that that does not mean something exists. I miss talking with other people that have had diabetes for a long time. I like to learn new things and hear other perspectives. It helps me grow in my own knowledge of it and how I can become better at taking care of myself. I also miss the camaraderie.

Are there any diabetes support groups for adults near where you live? Do you go to diabetes support groups?

***Thanks for the feedback on the insulin post. I appreciate it!***


  1. JDRF has a new project called Type 1 Talk that you might be interested in - go over to my blog to read about it today. :) I'm right there with you - having a network is so important to my diabetes care.

  2. When I lived in the Bay Area, I went to a pump-users support group once a month. It was great, mostly thanks to one person organizing it and keeping it going.
    After I moved I never started going to any of the groups in the Phoenix area.
    My local ADA office has a list of local support groups I've seen. Being here almost a decade, I've been to two groups. There were less than five people at each of those meetings, and I guess, since I didn't go back, I didn't get much from either of them.
    The JDRF is trying to get the Adult Type 1 Network off the ground. They may have something going on in your area.
    Try your local ADA and JDRF folks.

  3. Funny you should bring it up. I just posted a blog today about support that I've been working on this week.

  4. If you join (free) you can join their diabetes group. It's not a lot of support but it is helpful to ask questions & to get them answered. It's also all teachers so they know the stresses of a teacher's life.