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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sometimes you Want to go Where Everybody Knows your Name

Finding a community is so important after your child is diagnosed. Whether it be real, live, breathing, in-the-flesh people, or a more virtual kind of group; you need to find something. It is imperative to have people that have been-there-done-that and are willing to share their experiences with you.

I have found a wonderful on-line community called The Pace for Parents. I know I can go on there, post my questions, comments, rants, or whatever; and there is a compassionate ear there to listen. These parents are so wise, and so willing to help that more often than not I am moved to tears at how they can care for someone they have never even met. They're the ones who inspired me to start a blog, so maybe one day I could be the one making someone cry. But in a totally good way.

Here are some other on-line communities:
Type1parents
Children With Diabetes

You can also contact JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to see if they have a support group in your area.

So after the shock of the dx has worn off, make sure you find a place where your voice can be heard. The burden is too heavy to travel this journey alone.

1 comment:

  1. I just love the way you express yourself! You write so beautifully. I am sure that you are/will be an inspiration for so many parents who walk this path in life.

    Brigitte's mom ~ ADA, The Place for Parents

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