It's already been said, but bears repeating. You didn't do ANYTHING to deserve diabetes. No one does. It just happens. And, it definitely changes your life completely. My daughter was diagnosed almost exactly two years before you -- on 11/27/07 -- and she's been on the OmniPod since 4/1/08. (Yes, she started pumping on April Fool's day!) We've had two different insurance companies in that time, and haven't had any trouble with either paying for the pump. And, like you, my daughter actually did all of the research and figured if the OmniPod was good enough for Nick, it was good enough for her. She was lucky enough to get to meet him at one of the concerts, and even put a JB tattoo on her pod. =)
I know my daughter's much happier with the OmniPod than with shots. And, I'd also be willing to bet that if they can, your parents will do what they can to make managing your diabetes easier. My daughter's not on TuDiabetes, but if you'd like to chat in email, we could set something up. She's 15 and a freshman in high school.
And, Spooky -- good for you making the change after 22 years! My brother's a T1 too -- 30 years now -- and he asks me a lot of questions about her pump. Guess the idea of one shot every three days appeals to him too! But, his endo actually discouraged it because he does so well now. His A1Cs only 5.8!! How did you find the adjustment? I know my brother's a little leery of having the pod on all the time. I actually wonder how Nick J gets the pods to stay on so well with all that flipping on stage! I know my daughter's knocked quite a few off.