Thank You, Friends
When you received your first blood glucose meter, medication, meal plan, or basic education about managing your diabetes, was anything missing? Too often, we don’t hear an important message at diagnosis (or later): You are not alone.
Support of our diabetes tasks and emotions is essential to thriving with the condition. Your family and your health care providers may be great sources of support. And here, at the close of 2013, it’s a wonderful time to say, “Thank you.”
If you don’t yet have the support you need, there are so many opportunities to find it, whether face-to-face, online, at volunteer events, or “all of the above.” Diabetes is everywhere and so are potential friends: people you meet during a Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event, members of a local support group, that friendly-looking lady in your doctor’s waiting room, the guy with an insulin pump clipped to his waistband (just try not to be a stalker).
Now, I’d like to introduce you to a few more people, in the pages of this issue. Some live with diabetes, some are caregivers, and they all care very much about our diabetes community. I think they’re awesome. I hope that you’ll enjoy these new friends.
How to Connect
Get involved with volunteer efforts through your local American Diabetes Association office at diabetes.org/volunteer.
Questions about diabetes? Call the Association’s free hotline at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
Get friendly with us at facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation
Follow us on Twitter: @diabetes4cast
Chat with others about diabetes: diabetes.org/messageboards