I’ve been organizing local parent meetups in Charlotte, NC since my son was diagnosed with type one back in 2006. Earlier this year, I thought it would be fun to see if we could do more than our usual coffee or lunch.

As the host of Diabetes Connections podcast, I’ve been to dozens of conferences and spoken at meetups around the country. I took the best elements of all those events and put them together. We’d have all the technology companies, great speakers, cocktails, crafts, and it would be an overnight, a true D-Mom getaway.

The response blew me away.

“This must be how our kids feel at diabetes camp!” said Liz Kroger, who came from a few towns over. “So awesome to be surrounded by ‘our people’ who just get it without explanation.”

Jessica Higgins traveled from Florida! “I was craving other moms who knew how I was feeling,” she said. “I will definitely attend again; it was like spending a night with old friends!”

After we shared the idea on social media, I heard from moms all over the country who wanted an event in their town. I’m planning three more events in the next few months and will announce more for 2024 and beyond.

Registration is open for the next three stops: Oct 13th in Frisco, TX, Oct 27th in Providence, RI and Feb 2nd in Charlotte, NC. More info: https://bit.ly/DMomsNightOut and save $30 off registration with the promo code “MOM30”

Diabetes Connections presents Moms’ Night Out is more than just a good time. Here are 7 reasons to put it on your calendar today:

1. Community Support: Attending an event specifically tailored for moms of children with type 1 diabetes provides an opportunity to connect with others going through similar experiences. Sharing stories, challenges, and triumphs with others who understand the unique demands of managing their child’s diabetes can provide a tremendous sense of support and solidarity.

2. Emotional Well-being: Taking care of a child with type 1 diabetes can be emotionally challenging. Moms often carry a heavy load of responsibility and often experience stress, anxiety, or burnout. Attending a moms’ night out event allows them to take a break from their routine and focus on self-care. It provides a safe space to relax, unwind, and engage in activities that promote their emotional well-being.

3. Educational Opportunities: These events feature expert speakers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders who share valuable information and insights about managing type 1 diabetes. Moms can learn about the latest research, treatment options, technologies, and strategies for effectively supporting their child’s diabetes management. Acquiring knowledge and staying up to date can empower moms to make informed decisions and enhance their child’s quality of life.

4. Peer-to-peer Learning: Besides formal presentations, these events encourage interactive discussions and networking. Moms can learn from each other’s experiences, strategies, and tips for dealing with various aspects of type 1 diabetes management. Sharing practical advice and success stories can inspire and motivate moms to implement new approaches in their own lives.

5. Break from Caregiver Role: Moms often put their children’s needs first, sometimes neglecting their own self-care. This allows them to take a well-deserved break and focus on their own needs. It’s an opportunity to relax, socialize, and recharge their emotional batteries. By prioritizing their well-being, moms can better support their children’s diabetes management in the long run.

6. Access to Resources: Moms can gather information about local organizations, diabetes camps, educational programs, and online communities that provide ongoing support and resources for both themselves and their children.

7. Creating Lasting Friendships: These connections can extend beyond the event and provide a network of support in their day-to-day lives. Having someone to reach out to, share experiences with, and seek advice from can be incredibly valuable for moms navigating the challenges of managing their child’s diabetes.

Bonus #8 – It’s fun! Where else can you enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail) while sharing stories about the weirdest place you’ve treated your child’s low BG or comparing strategies for sleepovers?

“The best part was being with my people. People who speak the same diabetes language. People who understand your concerns, hang-ups, and fears,” said Beth McCrary. “Do everything possible to attend. MNO is therapy for your soul!”

Hope to see you at the next MNO! Registration is open, learn more here: https://bit.ly/DMomsNightOut

-Stacey

 

 

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