I have been attending the mom’s retreats at Diabetes Youth Services for the past 3 years. I look forward to getting together with the friends that I’ve made and meeting new friends as well. Not only is it a great support group for moms but it is also a time to relax and take a break from the worry of diabetes.
I can still remember my first mom’s retreat – only 2 months after my son’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. I was so nervous and my emotions still so raw. I didn’t know anyone attending but knew it would be good to be a part of a support group. I remember after introducing myself and the silence in the room after hearing how new my situation was. Everyone was so nice and welcoming; they made a point to say hello and ask how everything was going. The group of moms attending had children of varying ages – all with the diagnosis of T1D which began at different years of life. At the time, my son, Steven, was on shots and I was dealing with how much insulin to give when in between unit amounts. Now, Steven is a teenager using an insulin pump and dealing with diabetes is different. Everyone who attends has dealt with different issues, problems, and stages of life. When I left that day, I felt that I wasn’t alone. I had some answers to issues I was dealing with and I met a lot of new people.
I look forward to the 2 mom’s retreats each year. It not only gives me a chance to talk about diabetes but also time to relax, be social, and spend time with friends – all who understand what you are going through as T1D moms.