If there’s one major thing I’ve noticed since getting to know other PWDs it is that we are all very different. Some of us have terrific results with MDIs while others find success in pumping. The same food can effect our blood sugars in very different ways. The right target blood sugar for one person may be too high or too low for another. We are all very different and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Last night I attended the first Adult Outreach event for my other local JDRF chapter. (As opposed to the chapter that started Adult Outreach last year.) We gathered in a cozy private room of a wonderful restaurant and introduced ourselves. I talked a tiny bit about my involvement in the DOC and how I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but that there is something magic about spending time in the same room with a group of other PWDs too. We also talked about what things we’d like from our new Adult Outreach group. Some wanted purely social functions like last night’s dinner. Others wanted informational sessions about cure research and ways to advocate. I said I wanted it all, and suggested that a talk about the emotional side of diabetes - perhaps lead by a professional - might be beneficial since I feel this area is greatly overlooked.
On the ride home last night, and as I gathered my thoughts this morning, the thing that stands out to me most is that we are all different with different needs. I’d be lost without my DOC, while others aren’t interested in on-line activities. Some want support groups full of members just like them (in age range and type of diabetes) while others want varied groups that can discuss different experiences and opinions. Some want social settings while others like presentations. And that’s okay!! If you find a group that isn’t quite right for you, it’s okay to move on and find a better fit - or start your ideal group yourself. Poke around online until you find the connections you are looking for. We all need different things, and over time the things we need often change and grow.
For me, personally, I need as much support as I can find and I love interacting on-line and off-line. What kind of support works best for you?