I really hate being diabetic. I'm 17 years old and I just found that I have type 1 diabetes. I really don't know what to do.

Patty Bonsignore


The best thing for you to do at this point is to make sure you have good support. If you are stressed make sure to let your parents know. Most cities and larger community hospitals will have services available to help you. The members of your care team should include a pediatrician or primary care provider, an endocrinologist, a diabetes nurse educator and a dietitian. For anyone newly diagnosed with type 1, we also recommend checking in with a counselor. It’s perfectly normal to have strong negative feelings about your situation and having someone to whom you can express these feelings will be important. Try these websites for more information about type 1 diabetes in younger adults:,,, and You can live a long and happy life with diabetes, but you will need to learn about it and about what you can do to stay healthy., Working with a healthcare team and checking out these websites should help.

5 replies

Yerachmiel 2016-02-07 00:23:56 -0600 Report

Reading the other comments makes me feel like the elder of the group (though not really true).

I've been a type one diabetic for 54 of my 56 years. I can tell you that you're in a far better position than we even imagined that long ago: my parents used to boil glass syringes in order to sterilize them (as throw away syringes were not yet released).

I remember my first urine tester (5 drops urine and 10 water into test tube, add a clinitest pill and watch it boil and turn into a color, compare with a chart), my first glucose meter (60 seconds on watch, then wash off with a water bottle, then dry and put into meter) and my first pump (three times larger than current, measured by putting three of them on top of it)

Keep up the good work of control and care and asking questions. It is very easy to get down buy many of us here to help and hopefully you'll find others who you connect to. Please feel free to reach out and freied those who you feel you can connect with!

Try and other support groups as well

Solnox 2016-02-03 01:39:37 -0600 Report

I became a Type 1 diabetic in 1981… There is a lot to learn; but you can do it. After you become familiar with it; you will begin to see diabetes as a companion and not a curse. Take proper care of your companion and you will be in better health than most of the "normal people".

1lady4 2013-09-06 07:19:06 -0500 Report

I 've had Type 1 Diabetes since October 1999 and it was hard at first but now I use the Metronic Minimed insulin pump . I will be praying for you

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-12 03:23:48 -0500 Report

I'm 35 years old and have had type 1 for roughly 13 years, and I'm still having trouble dealing with it. I wish I was normal and didn't have to worry about this horrible curse constantly. I struggle every day. Just wanted to give you my words of support. I'm with ya. :)

katiegyrl 2013-04-25 22:46:52 -0500 Report

I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 42 years!!! I'm now 50 years old. I have a 28 year old daughter, a 7 year old grand-daughter, have traveled, went to college, and worked in the medical profession. My grannie told me once that " God doesn't give us anything that he doesn't know we can't handle!" Always remember this!! It had pulled me thru a lot in the past 42 years. I learned that Diabetes is a disease, but with the support of your parents, friends, YOUR SELF, and your doctors, there is NOT anything in this world you can't accomplish!!
You are 17, and just starting this road. Always remember, you are A VERY STRONG YOUNG WOMAN! Strive for excellence in your life! When I was about 16, my prayers were for DIET COKE! That prayer was answered in 1981… Now my prayers are for a cure, so keep the faith, remember my Grannie's saying, and KNOW AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!! I know you can do this…I did!