Here’s the basic info:
If you are between the ages of 16 and 29 and have type 1 diabetes (or type 2 treated with insulin) and would like to feel more confident in managing your diabetes as well as its personal and social challenges – as well as want to learn better how to navigate the adult health care system, you might want to consider a research study being conducted by the KU Diabetes Institute. You would spend two Saturdays (about 5 hours each) on the KU campus with about 15 other young people practicing communication, problem solving, and goal setting skills – and have some fun in the process. The Saturday sessions (tentatively October 9 and November 13) will be supported by social networking activities that your group chooses over the six-month duration of the study. If you are interested, contact Adam Kruger, firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-588-1045.
If you are close to the Kansas City or Lawrence area, think about this one. As you (or your child) move past high school to whatever come next, you are suddenly assaulted by a whole slew of new responsibilities. Everyone has these responsibilities, but as a diabetic you get the “privilege” of a whole bunch more.
You’re now responsible for managing your condition, keeping yourself healthy and under control, fighting with insurance companies, making sure you have enough insulin, test strips (and testing BTW!), and various other health-care issues that your parents may have handled for you before graduation.
Even if you’ve been out of school for a while and doing all this, this is a good way to share your experiences and maybe get some answers to questions that you haven’t even thought of yet!
The Kansas University Diabetes Institute is staffed with some of the best people around. Not only do they know their stuff, they always take the time to listen to their patients and involve them in making decisions about managing their condition.
Diabetes is one of hardest, if not the hardest, condition to self-manage. It can be done, and done quite successfully, but it takes hard work and attention to detail every day for life. Learning some additional coping mechanisms never hurts and meeting with other diabetics is rewarding in itself. They “get it” in a way that no non-diabetic, no matter how much they want to, can.