3 steps you can take this month to meet others with type 1 diabetes
This post is an excerpt taken from Straight to the Point: A guide for living with type 1 diabetes, written and edited by healthcare professionals as part of our 2022: Kick T1D goals campaign. Download the full version for free here.
Let’s be real: Life with type 1 diabetes (T1D) isn’t glamorous. It’s hard work. It’s a constant physical, mental, social and financial strain which can leave you exhausted at the end of the day. But, did you know that studies show connecting with others living with T1D can help lighten your load?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) have published evidence that those with chronic conditions have a lot to offer one another, and support from peers can improve your self-management, reduce your use of the healthcare system and lower your emotional distress.
“That’s all well and good,” we hear you say. “But how do I find others with type 1 diabetes when I don’t know them already?”
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn about 3 steps you can take this month to connect with others living with T1D.
Step 1: Join online communities
There are several private Facebook groups available to join for people living with type 1 diabetes. They are great places to connect with others around the world, ask questions and exchange ideas. We might be bias, but we think our private Facebook groups are some of the best supportive spaces:
- T1D Connect 25+ – For adults over 25 years old
- T1D Connect 14-24 – For teens & young adults 14-24 years old
Ours aren’t the only options available! There’s many more groups on Facebook to choose from. Some of our favourites include:
- myD – Run by Diabetes Australia for adults aged under 25 years.
- Type 1 Diabetes Support Group Australia – A support group for those living in Australia touched by T1D, including people living with T1D, family members, parents, partners and carers who may need advice or support.
- Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy – Bump, Baby and Beyond (Australian women) – A private and supportive group for Australian women living with Type 1 Diabetes planning pregnancy, experiencing pregnancy and beyond.
The T1D community is at your fingertips – so go out and find the right place on Facebook for you to plug into it.
Step 2: Get involved with T1D organisations & charities
Throughout the year, many key T1D organisations run programs, fundraisers, conferences, and other initiatives specifically for people living with diabetes. Some examples of these events include:
Plus, there are so many more options out there! A quick Google Search or browse of your preferred organisation’s website will reveal a suite of opportunities for you to meet new people and get out there!
Talk to your diabetes educator, doctor, or another member of your diabetes team about upcoming meetings or education sessions where you could meet others in a comparable situation to yours.
Step 3: Follow inspiring people with T1D on Instagram
If you take a moment to explore Instagram, you’ll find so many others out there sharing the highs and lows of life with T1D.
Aussie T1D influencers are quite a knowledgeable bunch who consistently post relatable, educational, and inspirational content that’s sure to leave you a little more equipped to tackle each day. Further, they have thriving communities of others just like you to connect with in the comments or via DM. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started:
For more practical tips on meeting others with (or without) T1D, download Straight to the Point: A guide for adults living with type 1 diabetes.
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