I have been T1 diabetic since i was 12 and that was 18 years ago. Being a T1 diabetic as a teenager is extremely difficult. I feel T1 diabetics are much better managers than any one else because the learn the importance of discipline in life as they control their diabetes and this discipline leads them to achieve greater heights in life. Just like you none of my parents or close relations has to deal with this. In fact my parents often forget that i am a T1.
Life as a teenager is challenging even for a normal person and for a T1 its a struggle through out life and it's a tight rope walk. The worst part of diabetes is its a condition for the rich. No matter what part of the globe you are insulin is expensive.
Tell your friend that diabetes is the best friend you can have because it will admonish you when you go out of control and she can celebrate a little by having a piece of cake (compensate it baying an extra shot) whenever her A1C reading are good. you will have more life experiences than any one else and the best part is you will get to know the true meaning of Life. Diabetes will teach you the importance of discipline more than any one else.
In another 20 years you will be a lot smarter than any of your peers and a lot of wisdom to share with other young diabetics. Most importantly you will understand the importance of staying on the middle path and avoid the lows and highs not just in diabetes but in any thing you do in your life. You will also understand that anything that goes high has to come down and anything that is low has to go up!!!!
How my Journey Began??
I was in 8th grade when i was diagnosed with Diabetes. But honestly even a month before i was diagnosed i new that i had it. I mean as a kid i wanted to be a doctor and would read any book that spoke about human anatomy and so i knew the symptoms of Diabetes. Since none of immediately members had idea about this, they would simply cut off my complaints saying that i was just trying to get attention. But i can always tell you that 1 month before my diagnosis was the most painful period of my life. I mean i lost about 23 pounds and was extremely weak and couldn't walk by the time i started receiving treatment. We weren't rich either and couldn't afford for expensive medicines.
What am i today??
I graduated with a PhD in Computer Science in Dec 2009 and today i am working for a major consumer electronics company. Honestly, i don't disclose the fact the i am diabetic to any one except for the insurance or for any other legal purpose.
There are many a times when i was depressed and did not bother about controlling my sugars. But trust me its very important to keep yourself composed during those periods. What happened yesterday cannot be changed but you can always control and influence what is going to happen tomorrow by working for it today. I am not saying that yesterday's events do not have any effect on tomorrow, but you can always improve your chances of having a better tomorrow by working for it today. The only way to win over Diabetes is DISCIPLINE......DISCIPLINE......DISCIPLINE!!!!!! If you maintain discipline you can even bring down the cost of T1 diabetes.How?? By maintaining a constant daily pattern of life like maintain Regular sleeping hours, food at periodic intervals and a gentle exercise of an hour a day. By doing so you don't have to test your BS more than twice a day. and you will also avoid fluctuations.