One of my favorite things (quite possibly my MOST favorite) about having a support group like our local group, Tyler Type One, is the real life, “warm body” support. The education and resources it provides are absolutely wonderful, but it’s the relationships that really make this group such a valuable part of our daily lives.
This past Thursday, at our monthly support group meeting, we had a Certified Diabetes Educator come and speak to the group. Her presentation was great and I heard many people express that they had learned a lot. This alone was worth the price of admission! (Which, by the way, is FREE.) But, it’s what happens after the meeting that I always look forward to.
At one point I was chatting with one of our new families who also have a diabetic toddler. While we were standing there, Ruby alerted, so I checked Faith. Their little boy was watching and the mom mentioned how good it is for him to see another child getting their blood sugar checked. It can be such a source of comfort and confidence for these kids to see other’s that go through what they go through. It’s the little things like that that sometimes have the biggest impact.
Later that night, I was visiting with another mom and she was sharing how invaluable and uplifting it is for her to come to the meeting and be around other type 1 families that “get it”. We were sharing how it just fills us up to “go back at it” for another month, and one of the words she used was “intangible“.
Intangible. That’s perfect. When I’m telling others about our support group, and describing what a difference it has made in my life, it can sometimes be hard to articulate.
For sure, Tyler Type One is fantastic for the tangible, practical help & supplies – but, you just can’t put a price on the invisible, intangible benefits of meeting with and getting to know others that understand and live with the same day to day struggles. For many of us, type 1 diabetes is the only thing we have in common – yet, we find ourselves bonding on a very deep personal level. It means the world to have someone to call or meet for lunch when it all gets to be too much.
You can read all the books, and connecting online is great – but there’s just something about real life support that’s intangible, yet invaluable.
Because, Every ONE Needs Support.