Support Group Helps Kids Understand Type 1 Diabetes

May 14, 2014

Tools and resources offered for achieving better health

A child with diabetes can live a long, healthy life by learning to manage his or her condition. In addition to keeping blood sugar levels within a target range, a strong support system at home is very important.

That’s why Mercy Hospital Lebanon is hosting a free support group session on May 27. The diabetic education program aims to create a network for children, teens and young adults and their families. “Learning to manage juvenile diabetes today can help prevent problems tomorrow,” said Shannon Smith, director of Dietitian Services at Mercy Hospital Lebanon. “This support group will also provide families with a forum to communicate their needs, feelings and thoughts.”

Medical professionals, pharmaceutical company representatives and a host of diabetic advocates will come face-to-face with parents and relatives of diabetic children. They will assist with initial diagnosis and the ever-changing circumstances that come with caring for a child with diabetes.

The two-hour session starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the conference room at Mercy Hospital Lebanon, located at 100 Hospital Drive. Call Shannon Smith at 417-533-6335 to sign up; reservations must be made before the day of the event. A free dinner will be provided.

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