Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 20, 1999
Social Issues: Community Resources
Question from Houston, Texas, USA:
Where can I find support groups for parents in my city?
Check with the local chapters of ADA and JDF. Have you asked your diabetes care team?
You can start a group yourself. Just ask for a mailing list from your diabetes team. You could invite the social worker, psychologist, nurse educator or doctor to talk the first few meetings. At Children’s Hospital Orange County, I started a group that meets on the first Tuesday of every month. It was slow to start but now 8 years later, over 100 parents and kids come.
The Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education program at Children’s Hospital Orange County has a framework to set up a support group. You can call them at 714-532-8613.