I’m actually 52 now but was diagnosed when I was 18 in the UK, so I have some experience!
What you are currently feeling is perfectly normal, the fact you have to face up to managing a disease that will affect you for the rest of your life is initially, very daunting.
However, this should not stop you doing anything you want to do, it just takes a little bit more planning and taking a bit more responsibility yourself.
Today, there are much better ways to manage this disease and new steps are being taken forward in labs and research centres all over the world. The one thing I would advise is to get used to monitoring your blood sugars with a self-test meter, this is key if you’re going to manage your condition safely.
With regards to treatment, using a pump or injections is really up to you, I believe a lot more use pumps these days as the technology has got a lot better since I was diagnosed. I chose to stay with injections, simply because I didn’t think a pump would suit my lifestyle, working in Sports and as a coach, I simply wanted that flexibility.
Right now, the people you need to be with are your friends and family, educate them about what you have to do, what to look for when your blood sugars may be getting low, Contact your local JDRF chapter, they may have groups that you could go to and discuss your concerns with people of your age and not just sit in an office listening to, sometimes, an intimidating white coat!
Oh, and ALWAYS keeps snacks with you!!!
Good luck - it will get easier.