Feeling lonely is, unfortunately, one of the emotional side effects of T1D. I’ve had it for 36 years, and i can tell you that there are times I feel like no one gets what I am going through. What I CAN tell you is this: It gets so much better! The support from sites like this, active support groups that exist, and even your local JDRF Chapter can help you realize that you are not alone, and there are people listening, caring, and wanting to help you cope! Your story of diagnosis is heart-breaking, and I am so sorry that you had to go through it that way. No one should have to endure what you went through. Denial is a big part of it. As a Medic, I constantly see cases where a parent’s denial leads their child down a dangerous medical path. Even though T1D has been around a very long time, it’s surprising how little education is out there about it. I was diagnosed in 1982 at 18 months old. My Mother had to fight every day care worker, teacher, and caretaker I had to educate them on what I had, how to treat it, and what to look for. Flash forward, I was often the only (diagnosed) Diabetic in my schools, so we had to get my Doctor to educate the School Staff and Nurses on what to do. As I got older, I became that source of education. I spoke at schools, colleges, and even Diabetes Month events to help broaden the knowledge of the community. I suggest you try to do the same. It is very rewarding to help solve the problem, while helping yourself at the same time. Even today, I am amazed at how ignorant to T1D people can be. They mix it up with Type 2 all the time and say the whole “you should just lose weight,” or my personal favorite: “should you be eating that?” Sometimes it’s frustrating, sometime you will get angry. That is normal. But, know that you have an ENTIRE COMMUNITY of us ready to help you cope, help you educate the community, and help push for a cure! I recommend joining your local JDRF Chapter, as they have resources that can help! Good luck as you go through the learning curve. It will get better! We are here if you need us!