At Defeat Diabetes Foundation we believe in a self-empowerment approach to dealing with the issue of diabetes. Self-empowerment means increasing your strength and self confidence. This is accomplished by gaining the skills and knowledge that allow you to overcome obstacles in life.
For most of the year, a person with diabetes is solely responsible for managing their own condition. That’s why self-empowerment and peer support can be important components to your long term physical and emotional health.
So what is peer support?
Peer support is a way to link people living with a particular condition to share knowledge and experiences, in this case diabetes. Peer support can take many forms: formal group meetings, phone calls, text messaging, casual visits, a walk, grocery shopping, or just a chat. Peer support is intended to complement and enhance your professional health care by creating the emotional, social and practical assistance necessary for managing the disease and staying healthy each and every day. Continue reading