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Diabetes: what nurses can learn from peer support groups

Young, newly diagnosed adults value a positive approach that makes them feel less isolated

Young, newly diagnosed adults value a positive approach that makes them feel less isolated

Newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013, Kelly Carden felt she had nowhere to turn for psychological and emotional support. She was 31.

As a result, the following year she helped set up Sugar Buddies, which provides peer support for people with diabetes and their carers in Hampshire.

The diagnosis also motivated her to study adult nursing at Southampton University. ‘It kick-started me to apply the year afterwards,’ says Ms Carden. ‘I felt life was far too short and none of us know what’s around the corner.’

Soon after qualifying in 2017, she took on a development role as a diabetes specialist nurse.

Fellow Sugar Buddies member Naomi

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