I'm here to say that person-centered diabetes care is exactly what the doctor should be ordering. As a patient and professional, I feel quite strongly that person-centered care is the way care should be delivered, period.
One of the top priorities for me, as a person who lives with diabetes and works with others who want to live their best life with diabetes and as a human being, is being in community with others. We had an intimate gathering of (mostly) newly diagnosed families, some more experienced families, and staff that were excited to greet each and every person in attendance.
The devices that we wear (insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems) are a game-changer for managing diabetes in our bodies and the unique psychosocial support that comes from CWD programming is a game-changer for managing diabetes in our hearts and minds. Medicine, technology, and support together address type 1 diabetes in the whole person, which is why CWD and Friends for Life are so important.