9 Responses

  1. Bob S
    Bob S May 8, 2012 at 8:33 am | | Reply

    The entire north side of Chicago diabetes community owes alot to Merle. For Type 1′s, the Type 1 Diabetes Lounge provides the most comprehensive support group where we can openly discuss our successes and our challenges. Thanks Merle!!!!

  2. Marge Stromberg
    Marge Stromberg May 8, 2012 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    Three cheers for Merle’s persistence! I always wished for a group like this (40 years this summer) and about two years ago met Merle. I look forward to hearing the great speakers and to interact with others in the ongoing struggle w/ diabetes.

  3. Alyce Kaplan
    Alyce Kaplan May 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm | | Reply

    Merle! Congratulations on an honor so well deserved. For 15 years I have been
    in awe of your tireless efforts and continuous support, especially during those really difficult times!

  4. colleen
    colleen May 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm | | Reply

    Wow – almost makes me want to move to Chicago. Wouldn’t it be nice if more of us could find this kind of group?

  5. Joyce Lofstrom
    Joyce Lofstrom May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | | Reply

    I am a relatively new member of this group with Merle – and it has made a huge difference for me – in learning about diabetes and forging new friendships. We are lucky to have Merle to help us all get along – with our diabetes!

  6. Haldey
    Haldey May 10, 2012 at 8:08 am | | Reply

    Merle, job well done! I will tell my aunt and other friends and family who have diabetes about your organization. Knowledge can and will help so many with diabetes extend their lives, and allow them to enjoy healthy and longer lives.

  7. Kris P.
    Kris P. May 13, 2012 at 1:25 am | | Reply

    I’m so glad I read this post! I have recently come to the conclusion that diabetes has had a much more significant effect on my life than I realized, and that I need support like your group offers. Thank you.

  8. Judy Wood
    Judy Wood May 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | | Reply

    Merle, Congratulations and Kudos on all your dedication! I also have had T1 for 46 years. My passion to help others led me to my career as an RN Certified Diabetes Educator for decades. I have started support groups when working, yet now am not working and would love to participate in your group or start one in Milwaukee. Any advice how to begin without employer support? Thank you.

    1. Merle Gleeson
      Merle Gleeson May 16, 2012 at 7:57 am | | Reply

      Hi Judy,

      Sounds like you already know what it takes to make this work. As I mentioned in the interview, I reached out to the local Endo offices. The CDE’s should be willing to post or hand out flyers to their patients. If you would like to discuss contact me at merle@type1diabeteslounge.org. Merle

Leave a Reply