Connecting with other people facing the day to day challenges of living with diabetes can be relieving, encouraging, and empowering. It can also be daunting, intimidating, and paralyzing if you don’t know where to start.
That is where the DHAC Diabetes Forum and Support Group can help. This group has been in existence for over a decade and has been led by Beth Quigley, RD, CDE. Beth has recently decided to step down. We want to take this opportunity to thank her for her passion and dedication. She has helped a lot of people over the years!
Cathy Mullooly, MS, CEP, CDE is an exercise physiologist and diabetes educator. She will now run the meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Dedham Health Theater. This is a FREE program and not limited to DHAC members. Anyone from the community can attend. And while the focus will be on diabetes, many topics will cover information and provide encouragement for anyone wanting to make healthier decisions.
So what could you gain by coming to a meeting? Diabetes has constant demands – taking medications, blood sugar monitoring, making food choices, finding time to exercise, and going to medical appointments to name a few. Most people find that when they talk to other people with diabetes they have a sense of being understood. They use the opportunity to learn practical information and share their own wisdom. They feel validated. They regain a sense of hope. And mutual support – seeking help and helping others in return – has been shown to have a positive impact on diabetes self-care.
Flyers and a poster with information will be updated and on display around DHAC. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the Dedham Theater. The topic will be: Exercise – Why and How to Make it Happen.
2018 dates: July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19
Still on the fence? Read an MD’s thoughts on the topic: https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/type-two-and-you/diabetes-support-groups-change-your-life/
Still have questions? E-mail Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Cathy M., Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health