As wonderful as an on-line support system is, it’s also very important to have real-life, face-to-face, off-line support too. I’m lucky that many of my on-line friends have become real-life friends - with phone calls and visits as often as possible. I’m also blessed to gather with my Fairfield County Diabetes Dinner crew every few months or so. But still, I wanted to branch out, find more people to connect with, do more to offer support. So as I mentioned a while ago, I teamed up with my local JDRF and became part of a group working on launching a local Type 1 Adult Outreach Program. There have been meetings, planning, and brainstorming. It’s all been great fun, and I’m really really excited that next week we will be holding our first event!!
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Do you have a local off-line support group? Would you like to find one or help get one started? Today at noon EST JDRF will be holding a live webcast to talk about their Outreach Programs and personalized support for those living with Type 1 Diabetes. You can tune in live at noon at www.jdrf.org/livewebcasts. If you miss the live airing, it will be recorded and made available on-line.
If you are reading this post, then I know you have an on-line support system. But please tell me about your experience with off-line support groups - any tips and input can help others building support groups in their area!