Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital Offers monthly support group meetings for children with diabetes

Next meeting of 2014 is on Monday evening, February 24

WARWICK – (February 11) – You are not alone.

The St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes Education now offers parents and their children, age 12 and under who have type 1 diabetes, an opportunity to get involved monthly with a support group that can help manage their child’s diabetes day-to-day for a full and active life.

The Children’s Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The next meeting of 2014 will be on Monday evening, February 24.

According to the American Diabetes Association, as many as three million Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, the disease is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

“Living with diabetes is always a challenge for a child and his or her family and it can feel overwhelming at times,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN, CDE. “The purpose of the group is for children with type 1 diabetes to meet other children who also have diabetes so they know they are not the only ones living with diabetes. We hope friendships will develop and children and parents will learn from one another as well as provide support for each other. Diabetes should not stop any child from accomplishing his or her dreams and we want all the children with diabetes to be reminded of that.”

All parents and children with type 1 diabetes are urged to attend the February 24 Children’s Support Group Meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling (845) 987-5168.

The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com