New group in Oswego County to support those living with Type 1 Diabetes

Pictured are members of the newly formed T1D Oswego County, a community collaboration focused on bringing together the greater Type 1 Diabetes community while providing local opportunities to connect and support to each other. In the front row from left are Becky Kimberly (Oswego Health), Leanna Cleveland (Oswego County Opportunities), Brian Chetney (Oswego City - County Youth Bureau/Parent), Jennifer Arena (Parent), and Diane Oldenburg (Oswego County Health Department). In back are Julie Chetney (Bishop’s Commons/Parent), Susan Callaway (Oswego Health), Virginia Bough (Oswego County Opportunities), Cindy Walsh (Cornell Cooperative Extension), and Edward Carney (Oswego County Sherriff’s Department).

OSWEGO - For those living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) or supporting a loved one with T1D, help is on the way. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of parents, professionals, and persons with Type 1 Diabetes, T1D Oswego County has been formed to provide much needed support. The group was formed with a goal of bringing together the greater T1D community and providing local opportunities to connect and support each other throughout all stages of life.

The idea to establish T1D Oswego County came from the realization that there were very little local resources for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. “People looking for any support were traveling outside of Oswego County,” said T1D Member and Coordinator of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County Leanna Cleveland. “That’s when we came together to form T1D Oswego County.” The group seeks to provide information, as well as create opportunities to connect with others living with T1D. “Supporting the T1D community in living life to the fullest by creating this local network will hopefully help us achieve our goals,” Cleveland added.

The group is currently planning to host a series of panel discussions and events titled T1D Connections. The series aims at bringing together individuals with Type 1 Diabetes of all ages, their family members, nurses and other healthcare professionals, community leaders and others who wish to learn more about Type 1 Diabetes and connect to a support system.

The first of these events will be a panel discussion held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6 at CiTi BOCES in Mexico. This inaugural forum will be open to anyone living with T1D and their loved ones, medical professionals, coaches, school personnel, or any other interested community members. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and interact with two different panel cohorts about their experience in living with Type 1 Diabetes. The youth panel will feature speakers from age 6-18 and the adult panel will feature speakers age 20-60.

Feedback from the T1D community is also welcome. “We are hoping to hear from attendees at this first event on what would interest them for future T1D events in Oswego County,” Cleveland noted. Future connections programs could include topics such as technology advances, newest medical products, T1D and athletics, carb counting, school preparations and 504 plans, traveling tips, or college planning. “Gaining this valuable insight will help our group to address and plan future panel discussions and other events we will be hosting.”

T1D Oswego County is community collaboration with insight from the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, Oswego Health, Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), the Oswego County Health Department and Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information visit and follow the Facebook group; T1D Oswego County.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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