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Living with diabetes: JDRF support services

July 6, 2010

Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes can be overwhelming.

Once the initial shock passes, the intensive education process begins.  It’s a new way of living and there is so much to learn: nutrition, ketones, glucose levels, monitors, carbohydrate counting, insulin dosages and the list goes on…but you are not alone! The purpose of the Outreach Program is to give a helping hand to families, teens and adults living with type 1 diabetes by connecting them with resources and others who know what it is like to live with the disease. Click the below links to learn more about JDRF’s support services.

Mentor Families

Our network of mentor families is about sharing, helping, listening, and forming new friendships with people who understand your fears, questions and even your tears.  This network operates through the Greater Dallas Chapter of JDRF, but is driven and coordinated by volunteers who have been where you are.

The Bag of Hope

The Bag of Hope, the cornerstone of the Outreach Program, contains useful information such as books about diabetes, a Accu-Chek Aviva meter, and Rufus, the bear with diabetes.  These bags are graciously underwritten by Roche Diagnostics and with volunteer help are delivered to Children’s Medical Center for distribution to newly diagnosed families. Click here to find support.

Coffee for a Cure

Coffees are hosted in Dallas and Collin County by families in those areas that are involved with JDRF. The primary purpose of the “Coffee for a Cure” is to give parents of children with type 1 diabetes a chance to meet, network and educate one another.  If you are interested in attending one in your area, please contact us.

JDRF D-Moms Coffee Club

The Greater Dallas Chapter is forming a new Committee to capture the passion and connectivity that trusted Moms provide in our lives. Moms are involved at JDRF in many ways, and one way in which JDRF and Moms can futher the cure is to put our resources together to help drive the message in Moms circles, which helps JDRF raise much needed funds for diabetes research.

  • We see D-Moms as an extension resource for JDRF to help spread the word about diabetes, research and our fund raising programs; especially Walk and School Walk.
  • D-Moms brings awareness to their community, schools and neighborhoods.
  • D-Moms network with other mothers with children living with type 1 diabetes.
  • D-Moms help to get the word out about what JDRF is doing on the research forefront plus all the fun activities that happen within the Greater Dallas Chapter.

For more information on the D-Moms program, please contact the Greater Dallas Chapter at (214) 373-9808.

JDRF D-Friends

The JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter D-Friends Mentorship Program serves as a support system for children, teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes in the community.

The D-Friends Mentors’ goal is to help children, teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes develop the complete confidence that they have the power and ability to control their diabetes and live healthy, productive lives.  They will do this by…

  • Sharing Experiences
  • Empathizing with Emotional Challenges and
  • Setting good examples

For more information on how to become involved with D-Friends, click here and fill out this quick Support Form so we can provide you with the appropriate D-Friend. All mentoring takes place through phone and/or email communication.

Committee Recruiting

30 new families are diagnosed at Children’s Medical Center every month, and the Outreach Committee’s goal is to support and supply information to all of these families; but we need help to do it. If you would like to assist the Outreach Committee by becoming a JDRF Outreach Mentor, call us for more information.

Adult Type 1 Network Group

JDRF is not just for kids or newly diagnosed!  We have a great network group that is just for adults   living with type 1 diabetes.  The goal of this group is to bring everyone together to share mutual support, exchange information and resources, and hear from guest speakers on a variety of topics. This is a positive atmosphere and a great way to meet other adults living with type 1 diabetes.

Join other adults living with type 1 diabetes on the first Tuesday of every month for an adult DFW Insulin User Group. Enjoy hearing others talk about their diabetes and even hear a speaker at the meetings! For more information, contact Linda with Fifty50 at 972-243-2727.

Celiac & Type 1 Diabetes

With an increasing number of people living with diabetes being diagnosed with celiac disease, JDRF acknowledges this special group of people by providing them with resources to manage both diseases and live a healthy and happy life. If you are a person living with celiac and type 1 diabetes, click here to learn about great management tools and resources like recipes, forums, and so much more!

Please remember that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  JDRF is here to help.

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