BSC- Thanks, I've been reading over the first one when I have a few moments spare time. It's VERY helpful and has already spurred a number of ideas. I just need to start writing my ideas down!
Randy- I would like to have a T1 Women's Group, ideally, but I think it would be all right for it to be open to men and women especially if there's not very many individuals interested in it. But I want to have a group that meets... maybe once monthly. Of course, if you make friends specifically, you could 'hang out' more often, but the idea for the group would be once every month to two months. We could meet on a different day of the week each time so that people with schedule conflicts could at least make it to every other meeting.
But what do I want to accomplish? I want people, especially the newly diagnosed, to know they aren't alone! I have hit the ground running, I feel like; and have thrown a ton of energy into learning as much as I can. But I am that way. I have to be that way to help me get through this. I can see now that we all deal with the initial diagnosis differently. I can see where some who are newly diagnosed may go for months in shock and either not really understand, not really know what to do, or just plain feel alone. And I feel that when one thinks they are all alone, it makes the diagnosis that much harder to deal with. This is part of why I like your idea about being able to talk to newly dx'd T1's while they are either still in the hospital or ASAP after they've been diagnosed. At the very least, provide them with information on a group that they can contact... that is openly warm and friendly... to help them if they need it! And leave it to them to make the decision???
TuD has been and IS great... without it I think I would have had a meltdown by now because I am/have been so high strung. But I think face to face interactions are sometimes more productive. I want people to be able to share their stories (if they want) and if they have suggestions, to be able to share those too. It would be nice to have guest speakers occasionally, if I could arrange for them. And it would be nice to also have non-diabetes related fun every now and then.
I'm suddenly remembering going to a leadership conference back in high school, and a speaker there told us to actually sit down and write out our goals. We don't have to meet all of them, but getting it down on paper makes it seem more realistic and obtainable. I think I'll add that to a 'to-do' list for the weekend.
I have to say, I didn't realize how run down and exhausted I was prior to diagnosis, and that I have a LOT more energy now. I think I've told everyone that at least a half dozen times; I'm still in shock! But I think just having the diagnosis and reading as much as I have over the last couple of months has lit a fire; I want to help. Clinical depression among veterinarians is higher than that of those in the human doctors (I believe about 4x). Suicide is higher among veterinarians as compared to human doctors well.. divorce rates are higher too. After reading the statistics on depression in diabetics, and knowing my own family.. It seems damning. But a statistic is just a statistic; I realize that. It doesn't mean it's going to happen. I just want to at least help facilitate people finding help if they need or want it.
Sorry for the book :/