I don’t line up the stats AT ALL! I grew up in a small community in Oklahoma of about 5-6,000 people. In the four years that I went to high school (I was dx as a freshman) I went to school with 12 other T1s. It was amazing. Back then ('74) diet drinks weren’t available outside of grocery stores. So our parents would set up a stand at ballgames, the county fair, etc. so all of could have sugar free soda if we wanted it. Our parents formed a support group and brought in speakers, etc. I don’t remember going to the meetings as a kid but I do remember a couple of the moms taking several of us to Tulsa to an educational program for kids with D. Several of us would also go to Camp Sweeney in Texas together.
I also have all of my camp friends that I know. My two bridesmaids were from Camp Sweeney. I have always been in contact with my camp friends. Several camp friends have passed away.
As an adult I have facilitated a support group for over 20 years. Most of these are T2 with a few T1s through the years. I’ve also done volunteer work for ADA and have met several that route.
I live in an even small community as an adult and there are two young T1s in town and a few adult T1s. The town is less than 1,000.
My diabetic life has always been enriched with the friendships of others with D. I’m thankful I don’t know what it would feel like to feel alone with this disease.