My doctors office says that people are not really into diabetic support groups, well how come we can't make it fun like dinner with diabetics,here in the Des Moines area they have them for type 2 but what if your type one, i guess it would be fun to talk to others like myself about diabetes and how they deal with on a day to day basis any input?
I'll back up Cara on this one, I've been to a number of groups. The most common kind is an outreach group with strong lead from a diabetes center or CDE. It is often run as an educational group. Personally, I don't want that. I have very little interest in that. I want to talk to other diabetics about what we have in common, about dealing with the stress and complications of our lives and often people just want to talk about how they are feeling with other people who understand.
Hi Cara - We could be sister groups. I started a Type 1 Women's Group here in the SF Bay Area, also with the support of the JDRF. So far we keep ours pretty unstructured and haven't run out of things to say. In January we are going to be having a potluck at a member's house to get together more informally. I love the group and agree that it is a really great experience to be with people who are going through what you are. They even inspired me to start the process to get a pump! (It had been in the back of my mind, but hearing the women in the group talk pump made me realize it was possible for me as well!) I encourage anyone wanting to start a type 1 group to work through JDRF. They put out the word through their networks and it really helped get the group going.