Thursday, February 14, 2013
I'm Starting A PCOS Support Group!
About a year ago I found Pinterest. I found different people to follow and started pinning all kinds of recipes, home decor ideas, and different craft projects. I had been researching some things on PCOS and it made me wonder if there was anything on Pinterest about it. I searched for PCOS on Pinterest, but there was only a few things that came up. I decided to change that. I started my PCOS board and started pinning.
One of the websites that I found talked about starting a PCOS support group. I know there are support groups online and on Facebook, too, but I would like to see people face to face.
I decided I was going to try to get one started, but I found a full-time job and I was hardly home. How could I start a support group and be involved in it when I didn't have any energy? That wouldn't have been very supportive to the other women. So, I decided to wait til the time was right.
I left my job back in October and decided to try to get it going after the first of the year. I asked a friend if she'd go if I got it started and she said yeah. I had to find a place for us to meet, so that was my first goal. I called our community college and both of our hospitals. None of them were an option. I looked in the newspaper to see where the other support groups were meeting and decided to see if I might have some of their luck. I called one of the libraries and they had room for us! It's not a big room, but I don't think we're going to have a big turn out. But, that's fine with me. I would rather have a group with five people than to not try to have one and always wonder.
Now, I have to find people. I made an event about our support group on Facebook and added my friends to it. A friend of mine is making some flyers that I'm going to post at the library, community college, gynecologist and psychologist offices, other support groups, and anywhere else I can think of. I also e-mailed the local radio stations the information about the support group along with some information on PCOS. I remember hearing PSAs (public service announcements) for support groups before and at the end of the PSA they said they would broadcast it for free for community events. So, I thought why not? One of the ladies actually called me back and wished me luck! She mentioned on another station they have people come in and have different segments kind of like a talk radio show, and that I might be able to go on it!
I'm sharing this in case someone else is thinking of starting a support group. I have many plans for the support group here if it continues. I have just under two weeks to let everyone know about it, so wish me luck!