If you were at Children with Diabetes: Friends for Life, you will notice that I am posting out of order. If you weren’t there… well, I am not posting in chronological order. There is good reason, the intention of the first focus group I attended was a bit confusing so I would rather start with something more positive.
The room was an interesting mix of people using social media, and those wondering how they could use it to help themselves and their children as they grow up with diabetes.
While the room was an interesting mix, the way we were sitting was not. Most of us did not notice it until later (after it was pointed out), but the people using social media sat together on one side of the room and those who didn’t sat together on the other. Honestly, it made sense. Especially if you have read this book (psychology stuff about sense of “self”).
But I digress. It is easy to get caught up in the nonsense of seating but that is not what this post or the session was actually about. Kerri and Scott did a great job leading a session about such a broad and changing topic. The group laughed and cried while sharing with and supporting one another. The message is clear.
Using social media helps people with diabetes (and their families) feel less alone. Conferences like Friends for Life help “imaginary friends” become just FRIENDS.
By the way, I wanted to post about Lee Ann’s art sessions as quickly as possible because I know so many members of the diabetes community were supporting her (and providing trash to make it possible). I uploaded my pictures to my iPad and used the WordPress app to get the information out there, but I didn’t have a chance to edit the video that I took that day too. Enjoy!