Find diabetes support at March 30 event and all year long

Big events. Small groups. Tiny tidbits of information. They all help people with diabetes.

Carle’s biggest yearly diabetes-focused event—Type One. Type Two. Type You.—happens from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Wyndham Garden, 1001 Killarney Street, Urbana. The free event features a cooking demonstration, movement and exercise tips, healthy hor d’oeuvres, a panel discussion, exhibits and more.

To RSVP, please visit carle.org/diabetesevent or call (217) 383-3021.

“It’s important to us that people with diabetes feel supported—both with services and with resources,” said event organizer Emily Schmit, Marketing Coordinator. “While some of Carle’s doctors and other providers will be part Type One. Type Two. Type You. on March 30, we’re pleased to connect with our patients all the time and in a host of ways.”

When it comes to Carle’s diabetes support group scene, some things change while others stay the same.

Diabetes education program coordinator Martha Trenkamp, RD, LDN, CDE, said Carle’s diabetes support group in Champaign took off because people believed in its effectiveness—and that’s why is has been so popular for nearly 30 years.

“It’s a safe and comfortable environment for the attendees,” Trenkamp said. “They feel empowered to open up here.”

Long-time group member Carol Mazure said people who are first diagnosed have “a million different questions.” Mazure believes the care she and others receive from Carle’s endocrinologists, dieticians, nurse educators and more provide a great basis for understanding and dealing with diabetes.

The support group offers even more from others who’ve been through it.

“They know about what’s going on in your life, and you care about what’s going on in theirs,” she said. “There is a common bond we all share.”

The group meets the third Thursday of each month in Champaign, with a host of topics scheduled. New members are always welcome.

As for things that change, some relatively new groups are welcoming new members, as well.

Danville-area residents are welcome to take part in the also-free support group at typically meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Danville Public Library. However, so support group members can attend the larger event March 30, they will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.

Plus, a new group in Champaign-Urbana targets younger adults with diabetes, giving them a place to ask questions and receive support from their peers.

For more information, please send an email to Dori.Puracchio@Carle.com.

Funding for the March 30 Type One. Type Two. Type You. event is provided by Carle Center for Philanthropy through an estate gift from Jody Trisler, a Women’s Legacy Circle grant and individual donations.