Be your own best friend as far as your diabetes is concerned. You are your own advocate, don't expect that your doc or anyone else will it for you. If you have questions, ask the questions, and find the answers that make sense to you about your situation. If you have problems, have a team put together, who will be able to help you deal with the problems. Keep a good attitude, not perfect, not always positive, but a good attitude about yourself. You are NOT defective, you have a disease that there is work involved in keeping you healthy. Do those things that need to be done...don't take NO for an answer.
AND REMEMBER: Make the healthiest choices possible for yourself at all times and in all situations. They may not be the healthiest choice there is, but is it the healthiest choice for you at the time? If not, then change the choice or the circumstances. It may not be the healthiest choice for your mate or your best friend, but this is about you. Make healthy choices about food, meds, exercise, lifestyle, etc. This is for your life, not anothers.