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NEW Online Diabetes Yahoo Group!

October 7, 2010

Online Family group expands to Central Texas area

UPDATE: With the growing success of the FOTOD online group, in addition to serving the North Texas & DFW area they have expanded to also serve the Central Texas area!  For families joining from the Central Texas area, we would enjoy hearing from you with a short introduction and include any interest you may have for organizing or attending group meet-ups, parent’s nights out or events with other members in your area.  To learn more or find out how to join the FOTOD group, please continue reading the below.

UPDATE: Families of Type 1 Diabetes (FOTOD) is now on Facebook! If you are interested in getting to know other parents and families with children living with type 1 diabetes in the North and Central Texas area, come join us! In order to join this closed Facebook group or the Yahoo group, please send an email to Alison Zettle at aczettle@msn.com

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FOTOD, or Families of Type One Diabetes, is an online support and education group for families that are living with type one diabetes. It is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is lead by Alison Zettle, one of our JDRF families. This group is great because it starts online, but can lead to activities around your area. We are hoping that through this group, families can find support and lifelong friendships in their area. Some members of the group have already met a couple of times with the kids at Central Market’s play area. The kids have really enjoyed getting to know each other and so have the parents!

It is an “invitation only” group so that we do not get people joining in bad faith. In order to become a member, please send an email to Alison Zettle at aczettle@msn.com and she will send you an invitation email.

Once you are a member, you can get onto the group website. If you would like to introduce yourself to the group, you can click on the word POST to post a message. You are welcome to be a silent member as well… whatever works for you!

All the messages are archived so you can look through them by topic if you want. You can respond to the group by replying to all or you can go to the group site page and respond to a person directly. Alison is a wonderful host and knows the ins and outs of this yahoo group, so don’t hesitate to ask her questions if you are confused with the system.

There are a couple of rules:

  • You must be a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes.
  • No medical advice is to be given.
  • This site is not to be used to sell products to the diabetic community. If parents have found a product they like they are welcome to share it with the group (that can be very beneficial) but we do not want marketers etc. posting sales and advertisements.

We understand that the diabetes community is a busy community, so we feel that an online group will allow more people to connect more often. To join or for more information, please email Alison here aczettle@msn.com.

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