Describe your ideal diabetes “support group”? What would you discuss?I'll be honest. I love the DOC. It's my kind of group. I'm rather shy in real life, so the internet is awesome for introverts like me. I like mulling things over before sharing them, and I like having the internet time buffer for that.
That being said, some things just need to be done in person, face to face. Hugs. Hugs are a face to face thing. I can offer all the e-hugs and internet yummies, but real life hugs and tangible gifts always trump the electronic ones.
Having chronic conditions is a complicated thing, and not just all the medical minefields. It's a pain in the butt. You're supposed to accept it, even rejoice in it. No one, besides your chronic condition comrades, gets what it's like to have that disease.
I love my friends and family, but I can't talk to all of them about my conditions. It will more than likely turn into one of the following:
- You should try X because X will cure you! And it's your fault for not being cured by now because you should have tried X ages ago.
- Awkward silence
- So...ummm...that's absolutely terrifying. Are you going to die?
Ideally, we would be able to laugh, to cry, to celebrate, to be angry, to be scared, to offer support, to ask for and offer advice, and to most of all walk that fine line of "This totally sucks, but I'm glad I know you", but we'd also be able to talk about things non-d related. We are people with diabetes, yes, but we are people first. I want a group of people, a group of friends who at least comprehend the emotional and physical toll that this disease takes.
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