SJRMC is offering Diabetes Support Groups free of charge for diabetics, families, friends and all those interested in learning more about diabetes.
“We are very excited about our Diabetes Support Group and the enthusiasm with which it has been met locally,” said Allyson Huisman, RN, BSN, Diabetic Educator. “As the number of diabetics increases nationwide and right here in Michiana, SJRMC is committed to improving the quality of life of this population.”
Healthcare support groups are essential, particularly to diabetics who may view their illness as a stressful, never-ending experience, leading to the need to reach out to others outside the clinical setting suffering from the same illness. This is where groups like these can provide additional support and guidance. A diabetic who is in the company of other diabetics feels more comfortable about sharing personal experiences; likewise there are valuable lessons to be gained by listening to others speak of their experiences.
“Support groups provide more than support,” Huisman said. “They create positive reinforcement especially when they talk about how diabetes has not affected their quality of life. They tell others that there is hope.”
SJRMC-Mishawaka will hold meetings beginning Wednesday, May 18. The meetings will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. Those wishing to attend are asked to be in the hospital’s main lobby by 5 pm. They will then be escorted to the designated meeting room. For more information call 574.335.2372.
SJRMC-Plymouth will hold meetings beginning Tuesday, May 24, in the hospital’s Education Center (Medical Office Building, 2nd Floor) from 5 – 6 pm. The group will meet every other month. For more information call 574.935.2224.