Guest Post: All We Need is a Little Help From Our Friends
First of all, as a JDRF Advocate and a rookie blogger, I have to give you a huge THANK YOU for allowing me to be a guest on your Blog and I have to tell you how much all of you at JDRF’s Government Day inspired me!
Relatively speaking, I am a newer member of the Type 1 community and, an almost old enough to retire, grandma!!
My grandson son was diagnosed 7 years ago this August. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I felt so helpless. There was nothing I could do to make him or my son or my daughter in law feel better or make his diabetes go away. But I had to find some way to help.
It was shortly after that week he spent in the hospital that Michelle (herself an adult Type 1) from our local JDRF chapter, reached out to us! She and JDRF were like a lifeline for us!! Our family has been active in our local chapter ever since. We organized a walk team that year and we have had wonderful friends and family collect donations and walk with us every year since. We also signed up to become advocates.
I had never looked at a blog post before I attended JDRF’s Government Day in Washington DC. There, I was introduced to this fantastic group of generation y who use their passion, enthusiasm and personal experiences to inspire a whole community of Type 1 Adults all over the country. They were bloggers from the Diabetes Online Community. I had never given thought to what happens to all of our children with diabetes when they grow up. But after I listened to them tell their stories, I was determined that things needed to change.
We all know that JDRF is there for our children. We need to make sure that adults with diabetes, as well as parents of children with diabetes have a place to turn to when they get tired of dealing with diabetes or feel alone because of their diabetes or just need the support of someone that has dealt with the same diabetes frustrations they are feeling.
This is where I need your help…I would love to hear from the DOC and get their thoughts and suggestions on how to help make this happen. Some of the things I would like to find out from the DOC are:
- Does their local chapter have groups, activities or events
specifically for Adult Type 1′s?
- If so, what are they and how are they promoted?
- What kind of activities/programs would they like to see?
- What can we do to
improve our Outreach Program to include more Adults and make them feel more a
part of JDRF?
You all have made us aware, now we need your help to make us better!