Weekly Goals for American Diabetes Month (Continued)

Week 5 - Connect with Others

This week, after all these weeks of improving what you do for yourself, remember to connect with others. Support groups online and off are available for all kinds of people in all kinds of situations, whether you are living with diabetes yourself, you are the parent/caregiver of someone else with diabetes, or you are the significant other struggling with managing your relationship while your partner manages diabetes. There's never a reason to fight this battle alone, so why do it? Get help. Start here with the It's My Time group or our Diabetes Community at large. Find a group in your local area or even start a group!

Connecting with others doesn't have to mean support groups either. You can help the cause in a myriad of ways — giving your time, experience, support, and yes, even money to help cure diabetes and help the people living with it in the meanwhile. If advocacy is your forte, there are ways to get started making a difference.

Whatever you do, don't let your efforts to improve your diabetes life end with November. Carry it on, even in the smallest of ways because it will give you a sense of power and control. That feeling that you can handle this is part of how you successfully manage diabetes.

For more help, take a look at these pages:

Make A Difference — Here's ten ways you can make a difference during Diabetes Awareness Month and beyond!

Is Your Partner Bad for Your Diabetes? — Find out if your relationship is diabetes-friendly.

Create a Support Group — Get started conneciting people in your own hometown.

Support Groups for Diabetes and Depression — Listen in as people work together to cope with depression.

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Last Modified Date: November 18, 2013

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