Seeking a sense of community? Here are 6 places to look.
Don't underestimate the value of diabetes online communities and face-to-face support in navigating life with diabetes. Here are some tips for finding places to connect.
- Ask at an appointment. Your doctor, educator or dietitian probably knows about groups that meet in your area, and if they don't, their colleagues may. Just ask. Plan on showing up one time, even if you think you don't need it or won't like it. Then decide if you want to stick with it.
- Talk to JDRF or the ADA. Your local chapter of the American Diabetes Association or JDRF may have opportunities to meet like-minded people through get-togethers, volunteering or fundraising teams. Or contact your local health department to find out what they have to offer.
- Get local through social. Search the word "diabetes" and the name of the state you live in on Facebook or Twitter. Active groups do all sorts of things together in addition to talking about diabetes—trying restaurants, hosting book clubs, anything that's more fun in a crowd.
- Join an online community. Beyond Type 1 and tuDiabetes have joined forces, and are great sources of inspiration and insight, and Diabetes Daily has been bringing the community together for more than a decade. You'll find timely, relevant blog posts by people meeting the same challenges you are. You can also seek motivation and share on our Inspiration Exchange!
- Find some online friends. Even though we talk about "the DOC," there isn't just one diabetes online community. Tend to be on Facebook? Search "Diabetes," select "Cause or Community" among the categories on the left, and find a group that fits. Prefer Twitter? Join the Wednesday night #DSMA Twitter chats. Check @DiabetesSocMed for details. If you want to get even more specific, #POCdiabetes and #DiabeticsOnTheMargin will connect you with people of color. Poke around until you find a crew that looks like you.
- Don't forget your loved ones. Diabetes affects the whole family, and sometimes those who care about a person with diabetes can benefit from talking to someone in the same position. Take a look online—they're out there.
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