Social Networking & Blogs
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Public Support Group
The support group that previously met monthly at the Eastside Clinic has been moved to meeting every 3 months at the Health Department in East Gainesville. Please contact Roberta Cook for more information on dates and times.
Email: Roberta Cook
Title Town Type 1 Online Support Group
If you live in Gainesville or the surrounding areas and have type 1 diabetes, are the parent, spouse, or loved one of a person with type 1 diabetes, consider joining the Title Town Type 1 Online Support Group. The group’s founder calls it “a sweet spot for people with type 1 diabetes and their families to get connected and share experiences.” The group is currently meeting online, but there may be opportunities to meet “live” in the near future. You will need to sign up for Google Groups to become a member.
Diabetes Social Media Advocacy
Diabetes Social Media Advocacy was created for the diabetes online community to have a organized discussion on Twitter once a week to discuss topics about living with diabetes, advocacy, food, meters and more. Diabetes Social Media Advocacy discussions take place every Wednesday at 9pm eastern standard time. Participate by tweeting with the #dsma hash tag, or follow the conversations and participate on TweetChat.
myGlu.org is a new website that creates a way for people with type 1 diabetes to find each other, learn from each other, and help each other. Visit www.myglu.org today and download the MyGlu app at the Apple iTunes store or from the Android marketplace.
Juvenation is a vibrant social network created especially for and by people with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones. It was launched by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2008, and was funded by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk through its Changing Diabetes© leadership initiative. Juvenation is open to anyone over the age of 13. If you are under 13 and looking to connect with kids your age with diabetes, check out JDRF’s Pen Pals site – you’ll love it! (But be sure to come back to Juvenation when you turn 13!)
There are more ways than ever for people with diabetes to stay connected and learn about research findings, new devices, and recently approved medications. While never a substitute for medical advice, the blogosphere has a lot to offer. Here are some links to get you started:
This blog, managed by Amy Tenerich, offers “a gold mine of straight talk and encouragement.” She tells it like it is and often has guest blogs from health care professionals.
Check out this site to find a vast community of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes sharing information, news, tips, menu ideas, and thoughts about daily management. See Diabetes Daily Voices.
More Web site than blog, dLife was established to address the need for practical solutions to the 24/7 challenge of living with diabetes. The site has over one million visitors each month and loads of resources.
DSMA was founded by Cherise Shockley, who was diagnosed with diabetes as an adult at the age of 23. Her goal is to connect people with diabetes to one another so they can find support online.
The Decadent Diabetic:
On this site, chef Ward Alper, shares recipes, stories, and product information with other diabetics on about expanding your menu options. “It’s all about giving you more choices of foods and recipes which make it easier and more fun to stick to a diet and control your diabetes.”
This blog is managed by Kerri Morone Sparling, and was originally her effort to reach out and bond with other people with type 1 diabetes. Sparling is known for her openness and honesty regarding her everyday experiences of life with diabetes.
Way Too Sweet Blog and Too Sweet Boutique: (Pump-friendly clothing and accessories)
Amy is the mom of a little girl who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 9 months old. She began creating pump-friendly clothing and accessories for her daughter because she could only found limited, and not fashionable, alternatives.