resources and supports

Resources and Supports

Life with diabetes is filled with challenges and struggles. It also has its victories that only people with diabetes truly understand.

Below are just a few resources and supports that we have found for people living with diabetes. If you run a local support group or know of an organization that has helped you that isn’t mentioned below, please email us at advocacy @diabetesadvocacy.com to let us know.

Conferences and Meet ups

conferences

Conferences, webinars, and local events can be a great way to learn as well as find people who have the same experiences as you.

Connected in Motion

They offer outdoor adventures at various times throughout North America. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for many years, Connected in Motion offers you a chance to connect with others and share information and learning.

According to their website, Connected in Motion is a group of “people with Type 1 diabetes who share a vision: to create a culture of support and engagement in diabetes self-management through peer-based experiential diabetes education, sport, and outdoor adventure.”

Children With Diabetes

The Children with Diabetes organization offers an extensive website filled with resources and information. They also host the world’s biggest diabetes community each year in Florida.

You can join CWD in Florida or at one of their regional conferences in the US, UK or Canada. There you will spend time learning and bonding with your Friends for Life.

iChallenge Diabetes

iChallenge Diabetes was created by Olympic athlete Chris Jarvis to help families and people living with diabetes. They offer family outings as well as adventures for teens and adults of all ages. iChallenge Diabetes further offers educational sessions to help schools understand what people living with diabetes are experiencing. Click here to find an iChallenge Diabetes event in your area.

Coaching and Mental Health Supports

mental health supports

Sometimes peer support isn’t enough. Talking to someone who understands can make all of the difference in the world. Whether you need assistance with readings or simply coping with everyday life, it is important to reach out and get help.

A Mile in my Shoes

Joe Solowiejczyk is a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years. His company A Mile In My Shoes offers counseling services for patients and training opportunities for healthcare professionals who wish to learn how to better integrate family therapy into their clinical skill sets.

You can learn more about the services offered by A Mile In My Shoes here.

You can also enjoy the support of Joe’s incredible book A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe.

Diabetes Hope Foundation Mentorship Program

The Diabetes Hope Foundation now offers a Youth in Transition programs that includes one-on-one mentorship support for youth with type 1 diabetes in Ontario, Canada. This program is available to those living with Type 1 diabetes between the ages of 14 and 18 years old at no charge.

Learn more about this amazing support for Ontario teens here.

Diabetes Talk

Diabetes Talk is a counseling service offered by Type 1 pumper Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW. Living with a chronic illness herself,
Virtue understands the challenges and stress that life with diabetes can bring. She offers one-on-one sessions, group counseling as well as training workshops.

Diabetes Strong

Christel Oreum of Diabetes Strong is an incredible lady who just happens to live with Type 1 diabetes. Christel is an author and exercise guru who offers “individualized online diabetes coaching sessions to address what’s most important to you when it comes to managing your health and diabetes.” Contact Christel to begin taking back control of your life with diabetes.

Integrated Diabetes Services

Integrated Diabetes Services was founded in 1995 by author and Type 1 pumper Gary Scheiner MS, CDE. Their highly trained staff offer an extensive range of diabetes self-management training/education services, customized to your unique needs and interests. Sessions can be arranged in-person for those living in the Philadelphia area or remotely via telephone, email or video conferencing.

You can contact Integrated Diabetes Services personally or by doctor referral.

Organizations that offer support and research

website supports

The web is filled with many great tools and organizations.

Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada continues to be at the forefront of youth and family diabetes camps. You can search for a program closest to you here.

Diabetes Canada also offers various online web events as well as local conferences.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is an international organization. It provides programs such as the Bag of Hope for newly diagnosed children and brings families together in anual walk events.

Some regions also offer local support groups.

In Newfoundland and Labrador email: [email protected]

Online Forums

online support

Online forums and groups can be a great place to vent and share with people who get it without having to travel.

Facebook

Here are a list of some Facebook groups that may be of interest. Most are private/secret and require administrative approval to join. If your favourite group isn’t listed, please let us know.

Twitter

Join the Diabetes Online Community in weekly chats and regular chatter using the hashtag #DOC

TuDiabetes

TuDiabetes.org is now a program of Beyond Type 1

Beyond Type 1

and Beyond Type 2 are organizations dedicated to showing people living with diabetes that they are not alone.