Families Reaching Out
Juvenile Diabetes Family Network (JDFN) in Atlanta
- Family Support for the Newly Diagnosed by Trained Volunteers
Finding out your child has Juvenile Diabetes can be overwhelming. Once the initial shock passes, the intense education process begins. It's a new way of living, and there is so much to learn: nutrition, ketones, glucose levels, monitors, carbohydrate counting, highs, lows, insulin dosages; the list seems to go on forever. The fears and questions may seem to also. You receive so much information from your doctors, diabetes educators, and dieticians; but then the time comes when you and your child go home and "do it alone." But you are not alone!
The Juvenile Diabetes Family Network was formed by families living with Juvenile Diabetes to help families with a newly-diagnosed child or adolescent cope with this new way of living.
A family interested in being connected with the Network will meet other families at quarterly brunches, the monthly Mothers' Chat & Chew, walking with the Hot Shots at the Walk for the Cure, and other activities coordinated by members. The Network is about sharing, helping, listening, and new friendships with people who understand your fears, questions and, yes, even your tears. We are not professionals, but concerned parents who have been where you are.
A quarterly informal "covered dish" brunch is hosted by Network families in their homes where parents can get together to meet each other, share ideas and learn more about this new way of living.
All families living with Juvenile Diabetes are welcome to be a part of the Family Network. The Network works through the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, but all activities are organized and coordinated by volunteers. There is no cost to be connected to the Network. Membership in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or other diabetes associations, while encouraged, is not required.
Please Join Us!
- Family-to-Family Hotline
By Families for families
If you are interested in being a member of the Network as a volunteer reaching out to new families or an active volunteer with JDF, please contact a Network Team Captain or JDF at 404-420-5990.
- Atlanta Area Camps:
- ADA Diabetes Day Camp - 1-800-DIABETES.
Chastain Park Recreation Center, 9 am - 4 pm (children can be dropped off as early at 7 am and picked up as late as 6 pm). Hilari Pugliese, Day Camp Director (404-320-7100) or 1-800-DIABETES.
- Georgia Diabetes Camp
- Camp Ivy Day Camp for Children with Diabetes, Fayetteville, Georgia.
Ivy Lockett Camp Director, 770-487-2862. Call for details.
- Mailing List
To get onto Family Network mailing list, call Meredith Crow, 404-420-5996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Family Support
Formed by families living with Juvenile Diabetes to help families with a newly-diagnosed child or adolescent cope with a new way of living.
HOTLINE BY FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES
All families living with Juvenile Diabetes are welcome to be a part of the Family Network. The Network works through the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, but all activities are organized and coordinated by volunteers. There is no cost to be a member of the Network. Please join us!
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation: 404-420-5990
Fax for News & Articles: 404-420-5995
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:46
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