As you embark on an intensive approach to diabetes management, you may find that you need more support and encouragement in adjusting to the new routines. Sometimes you might just need someone to talk to, to discuss common problems, to air your concerns, or to just ask questions. Sometimes it will help to know that someone cares and understands what you are going through. You can look to several sources for the support and encouragement you will need. Your health care team, a special friend or family member, a religious organization, or diabetes support groups are all potential sources of support.
You may find that you want different kinds of support from different people. Friends and family may provide you with the encouragement you need to affirm your commitment to the intensive diabetes management. Maybe you need someone to reassure you -- a cheerleader to help you stay on track. You may also need technical support -- someone to answer your questions as they arise and reassure you that you are doing the right thing and making wise decisions. You might also need financial support or help with locating financial resources. Your health care team can help you in these areas. And you might just want someone to commiserate with. Look to support groups to find others who can listen and let you know that you’re not alone. Support groups also give you the opportunity to help others, which can be therapeutic.