This page is for all of those adults with diabetes in the Southeast Michigan/Metro Detroit area.
I'm your host, Mike Hoskins - a 30-something married guy who was diagnosed with T1D at age five, back in 1984. I'm an Oakland University graduate and am from St. Clair Shores, but have been living in Indianapolis area since 2004. We have just moved back to the Shores in July 2015.
The hope for this group is to be an informal group of D-peeps who can gather every so often over drinks, coffee, breakfast, lunch, and other casual spots.
Our D-meetups will be informal and not affiliated with any specific organization or company. This is just a group of people with diabetes (PWDs) who live in or around Southeast Michigan, and want to keep in touch from time to time. No, we're not a "support group" as you might have traditionally heard. This is the epitome of what we're not -- you won't find us sitting around tables in a clinic or conference room getting a pitch about minding blood sugars, diabetes research or anything else. This is about us.
Since many of the organizations and groups don't coordinate their calendars and it can be tough to determine what's going on locally, I've also worked to create an Adult D-Activity Calendar for the Central Indiana area, listing all the particular activities that might be of interest to those of us adults with D.
We also have a private Facebook group, the Southeast Michigan Adult Diabetes Community, that you
can ask to be a part of and also refer other D-peeps to (and yes, it's specifically for adults with diabetes).
Please reach out if you're in the area, and interested in connecting! And definitely help spread the word to connect more of our Adult D-Community around Southeast Michigan!!
Close To Home: Diabetes Activities in the Metro Detroit Area 2016
Saturday, March 19 - Michigan Diabuddies Meetup: Informal gathering of D-peeps from around Southeast Michigan. New and old friends, spouses welcome. Free to attend, though any food and drink purchased there is on you. In the past there have been fun cupcakes and prizes exchanged!
Friday, May 6 - JDRF Promise Gala, 6:30p-11p, Detroit: Annual gala event being held at MGM Grand Hotel. Theme: BeaT1D, a Beatles theme. Cost: $300 per ticket. More Information: http://jdrf.org/michiganeast/events/31st-annual-jdrf-promise-ball/ and http://www.jdrfdetroitpromiseball.org/
Saturday, May 14 - JDRF TypeOneNation Summit, 8a-2p, Belleville: 9th Annual summit. Educational networking event with diabetes research and tech updates. At Wayne State Community College West Campus. Free to attend. In 2015, the event drew 1,400 attendees. Expected guests for 2016 include Sierra Sandison, who competed for Miss America in 2014 and created the #ShowMeYourPump phenom on social media to inspire people with diabetes. More Information: http://jdrf.org/michiganeast/events/9th-annual-typeonenation-summit/
Saturday, May 14 - Michigan Diabuddies Meetup, 3p, Belleville: Following the JDRF Summit, a group of Adult T1s will be gathering at the Twisted Rooster restaurant nearby at 9729 Belleville Rd, Belleville, MI 48111. Expected time of arrival = 2:30-3p.
Saturday, June 11 - ADA Michigan Tour de Cure, 6a-12p, Ann Arbor: Annual American Diabetes Association bike ride raising money for this org and diabetes programs, research. There is a cost to participate. More Information: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/detroit-michigan/
Saturday, June 11 - JDRF YLC Trivia Night, 6-9p, Royal Oak: At Fifth Ave Brewing in downtown Royal Oak. Game is played in teams of eight or less. Each team attempts to answer the most trivia questions correctly, so grab your smartest friends and family for a chance to win prizes and support a great cause! The standard game play consists of six rounds with five questions each plus two bonus rounds. Cash bar. Snacks and appetizers will be provided. There will also be a 50/50 raffle! More Information: http://jdrf.org/michiganeast/events/jdrf-ylc-detroit-3rd-annual-hunt-for-a-cure-trivia-night/
Sunday, Sept. 25 - JDRF TypeOne Metro Detroit Walk, 8:30a-12p, Detroit: Formerly located at this Tech Center in Warren, the 2016 walk will be a 3-mile walk at a brand new location - Milliken State Park along the beautiful Detroit RiverWalk. More details on the JDRF Event page.
November 14 - World Diabetes Day. TBD, but expect a local D-Meetup and participation in the live-chat of #DSMA on Twitter and the Big Blue Test. More details to come.
Know of anyone else with diabetes here in Southeast Michigan? Have an endocrinologist or diabetes educator who might be trying to connect more of us together for peer-to-peer support?