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Ten Ways to Observe National Diabetes Month

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9. Seek out support.

Talking with other people who are facing the same challenges as you are can make your burden feel much lighter. Even if nothing actually changes on a practical level, feeling heard and understood has enormous psychological benefits. And it’s possible that the people you meet through an online social network or in-person support group will have information or resources that can have a practical effect.

To find a support group, try calling your local chapter of the ADA or JDRF, or contact the diabetes department at your local hospital. Hospitals or other medical offices that offer diabetes education classes sometimes also have support groups that you can join. Here are some other potential sources of support:

DiabetesSisters. DiabetesSisters organizes regular support group meetings (which they call PODS meetups) for women with diabetes and has a SisterMatch program to match up women for mutual support. They also hold occasional conferences and other events.
www.diabetessisters.org

Divabetic. Divabetic holds monthly Divabetic Club meetings in various U.S. cities, as well as occasional other outreach programs. While Divabetic programs are aimed mainly at women with diabetes, men are welcome, too.
www.divabetic.org

TypeOneNation. TypeOneNation is the JDRF’s online social network for people with Type 1 diabetes and their families and friends.
www.juvenation.org

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