Support is important, and so are the muffins
THE Biggenden Diabetes Support Group has proven to be an asset to its members even in the first six months since its formation.
Diabetes educator Melinda McIntyre said it was important for each of the members to encourage each other.
“I have found the Biggenden group to be particularly friendly,” she said.
Community nurse Lyn Heaton said support groups were important, as diabetes was becoming a common disease.
“There have been some good speakers at our monthly meetings who have encouraged the members to eat healthily and not eat fast foods that are laid on today,” she said.
Phil Powell said a support group was extremely beneficial.
“It is good to know you are not suffering alone,” he said.
Member Eva Paton said in her family of eight, five of her siblings had diabetes.
“I love being part of the support group, as I like talking and am able to ask questions or phone someone if I have a problem,” she said.
“But more importantly, we share and swap muffins. The apple and bran muffins were delicious.”
Mundubbera Community Development Association’s John Sharp, of Mundubbera, also encouraged anyone with diabetes to look at attending a support group in their town.
The Biggenden group meets on the last Friday of the month in the conference room of Biggenden Place.
“Gayndah and Eidsvold also have groups which are run by Queensland Health,” he said.
A visiting diabetic educator can be contacted through Monto Family Practice on 4166 1212.
SUPPORTING EACH OTHER: Members of the Biggenden Diabetes Support Group enjoy a Christmas party in Lions Park.