With all the staggering statistics about the diabetes epidemic, I am surprised to say that I know absolutely no one with diabetes (unless they are really good at hiding it!). Isn't that unusual?

I seem to have trouble relating to family and friends about diabetes related things, and then I come here, and there are so many voices who understand. So I guess I'm curious if you have people around you who share some of the same struggles. Do you have support in your community, and where do you find it?

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I know of quite a few Type 2's like over 30 but as for Type 1's like me only about 5 it really helps us that have Type 1 to know of others who we run with to know about other Type 1's out there! It also helps us accept that other's get it too! I can only speak for myself and my daughter who is also a Type 1 but way back when I took it in 73 I went to a school that only had like 350 students k-12 and I was the only D there as for my daughter it was alot better. She went to a much larger school and she and atleast 1 other girl in her classroom had Type 1, after talking to her principal there were 15 other's in that school with Type 1. And that was only in Jouner High! Things have really changed for us now more will tell you about it and also tell you where to go to get help, back when I first took it you didn't dare say that you were a diabetic. They looked at it as being "sick" and you were not "healthy"
I can't wait until the JDRF walk. I'm hoping to meet a lot of people there, although I wonder if there will be any who are my age. I expect most to be kids.
Mandy, I recommend going to some smaller JDRF events, like the Walk Kickoff or even volunteering in the office if possible. There are a lot of people at Walks so it can be hard to just "meet" people there. But at smaller events it's easier to go up to someone and introduce yourself and start chatting about fundraising tactics. Not that you can't or shouldn't try to meet people at the Walk, I'm just trying to give you more suggestions. :-)
Thanks! That's a great idea. Since this will be my first event, I haven't even thought about how big it will be. I still feel a little funny about being newly diagnosed and being an adult, so I'm not sure what I should be doing.
Send me an email at amblass@gmail.com and I'll give you a bit more guidance about how to get involved.

I might even write a post about this since I get asked about it so much. :-)
One of my closest friends from high school has type 1. We actually met at diabetes camp when we were little, but we didn't find this out until we became friends in English class. And of course I have relatives with diabetes of both kinds.
Mandy,

I am with you. I do not know any diabetics other than myself.

Well, I used to do some computer work for a client that had Type 2. But, I do not know anyone personally that is diabetic.

Jack

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