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Not quite as busy this week.

Last Saturday started a very busy week for me. A bike ride that benefited JDRF that day was just the start.

Tuesday, I was supposed to attend a monthly meeting for pump users locally. This would have been my first meeting with this group. But because of dicey weather and bad traffic, they canceled. I’ve been trying to get into one of these meetings for a long time (they don’t meet during the summer).

This goes back to a post from the first month of this blog, where I laid out what I think an ideal support group would be. But I also had to admit that I had never met with a support group before, and I was going to start looking for one. Well, it’s five months later, and I’m still looking. To be honest, I’m not sure that I really care about it anymore. I mean, I’m sure that support groups, and support in general, is great for people. But I’ve pretty much had to live this D-life on my own all these years, so it might be better if I just get comfortable with that and go back to depending on myself only.

Thursday, it’s time for another neighborhood board meeting. I’ve been a part of the board for three years, and I do it because I was asked to serve. When they stop asking me to serve, I’ll stop serving. Now, our president has stepped down in the middle of his term, and his next in line isn’t interested in stepping into the role. That may leave it up to me. Again, if I’m asked to serve, I will. But only if I’m asked. More to come on Thursday.

And on Saturday, I finally get to take part in JDRF Mentor training! I’m very excited about this, and I’ve been waiting for almost a year for it. After the training, I hope they actually have someone for me to mentor. No, wait a minute… actually, I hope there’s no one left to mentor. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

So I got a little found time on Tuesday (enough to write a little something). In a way, I’m glad that my life has gotten busy with worthwhile tasks. And I hope I’m able to do something positive, and make people feel good about themselves and their lives.

It makes me feel good too.

Support Groups.

Last month, I wrote about my Ideal Diabetes Support Group for the April DSMA Blog Carnival. At the end, I mentioned that I’m looking for my first support group meeting.

So I started looking for an adult type 1 support group. Man, is it hard to find a support group in Maryland! At least in Baltimore. I checked the local JDRF chapter’s website and found an adult type 1 meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month. I called the contact number and asked about the group, and found out that it doesn’t happen every month anymore. Instead, it’s a quarterly meeting. And it’s not really a support group as much as it is a peer group meeting. I’m not sure I know the difference between the two, but it looks like this is the only get-together for adult type 1’s in either Baltimore or Baltimore County. An area with a population of over 1.5 million people.

Should I be ticked off about that? I don’t think so. After all, I didn’t even think of beginning a search for a support group until a couple of weeks ago. And I suspect that others may be exactly like I was… eager to live as normal a life as possible, and not eager to sit in a sanitized room at a hospital or doctor’s practice, staring at others who remind us that we’re not always as normal as we would prefer.

Maybe I need to take matters into my own hands. Start my own group. Set my own agenda. That’s a great idea, in theory. But do I really have what it takes to lead a group? And even if I do, can I actually recruit others for a regular get-together?

I’ve got some thinking to do. And some more work to do. This process is far from complete.








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