6 Ways to Connect to Diabetics In Your Area!

6 Ways to Connect to Diabetics In Your Area!

Connecting to other diabetics is a great way for children and adults to feel better about having diabetics, trade tips/tricks for management, and learn new things about diabetes. I highly encourage you to try one of these things on the list- and I plan on doing so too! Feeling “less alone” and more connected to someone who has similar struggles is a great way to avoid burn-out and enjoy the ride of life.

So how can I meet other diabetics in my area? Here are some ways:

  • attend a virtual conference for diabetics
  • enroll in a summer camp as a camper or staff member
  • ask your endocrinologist if anyone needs a mentor or become a mentee
  • post on Facebook groups or search on IG for hashtags based on location
  • host your own meet-up in your area to meet new Dia-buddies
  • don’t be shy if you see someone with a CGM or pump- say hello!
Attend a virtual conference for diabetics!
This is a great way gain information from experts in the medical field, learn about new inspirational people who have diabetes, meet others in or around your area (depending on the conference type of course), and learn about new tech or advancements taking place.
Enroll in a summer camp as a camper or staff member!
Camps are great for kids but also for adults with diabetes who enjoy helping and mentoring. By joining a camp you have an instant community who understands your daily struggles, literally, they are there through the highs and the lows (haha).
 
Ask your endocrinologist if anyone needs a mentor or become a mentee!
Your endocrinologist or diabetes team can be a great resource for meeting others in your age range or child’s age range. They may also know of meet ups or groups in your area who are searching for someone like you! Just ask- no harm in asking.
 
Post on facebook groups or search here on IG for hashtags based on location!
Social media has become a wonderful way to meet people from around the world. I feel like I have friends in every country now and I could potentially link up with them during future travels. You can make great connections online and when people follow your journey or you follow theirs- you become a part of it!
 
Host your own meet-up in your area to meet new Dia-buddies!
I have been seeing some people meeting up with other diabetics and posting about it- it’s wonderful! That friendship and connection is key for long-term health management. We all have struggles, personal and shared but together we are stronger. Why not host your own diabetic meet up in your area?
Don’t be shy if you see someone with a CGM or pump- say hello!
If you’re out and about and you see a diabetic device on someone say hello and show them yours! BOOM. This may be an instant dia-friendship for you (haha). Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone is hard but you’ll be glad you spoke up and said hello.
 
Have you tried making any diabetic friends? How did it go for you? Please share 🙂
If you like this post on the 6 ways to connect with diabetics in your area and want to read more, check out our last family who was featured here! Or a previous post like the 3 things you must know about hydration and diabetes. Finally, submit your story- I’d love to hear from you!
Stephanie

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