Childhood Diabetics


Childhood Diabetics

For all those diagnosed as children, before the teenage years ... who grew up following rules and fending off highs and lows and only vaguely remember what feeling "normal" was like.

Members: 70
Latest Activity: Jan 4

Diabetes Forum

Keeping T1 to Myself

Started by realisticallyspeaking. Last reply by Ron Doyle Jul 7, 2014. 1 Reply

I have been diabetic since the age of 3, so I don’t have any recollection of a time before diabetes. I started giving myself my own shots at the age of 5 and have had a pump since 12. I’m 30 years…Continue

The power of example

Started by melindalaw Feb 13, 2011. 0 Replies

Happy to have this group here. I have had T1 for 50 years, with onset at age 5. Yes, I have no memory of not having T1. When people say all the crazy things we have heard all our lives , like," funny…Continue

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Childhood Diabetics to add comments!

Comment by Darlene on March 7, 2014 at 6:09am

I've had t1 for 41 years and do not remember "normal" before. I do recall getting my first glucometer at age 19 and being so excited not to have to test my urine anymore lol. The pump has made a big difference for me in the last 15 years; but I am still programmed to eat at certain times (lifelong habits die hard). from 9-16 I attended a diabetic camp and that was the first time (diagnosed at 5) I ever met another diabetic. i certainly learned a lot at camp, as well as made many diabetic friends. Parents with diabetic children, I fully recommend sending them to a diabetic camp in the summer :-)

Comment by tom b on April 4, 2013 at 9:12pm
I have had T1 since I was 10, and that was 70 years ago. I didn't get to use home BG testing until I was almost 50. I started my first pump in 1995, after using shots for more than 50 years. I remember some things from before I was diagnosed, but then I didn't realize I should remember them.
Comment by shoshana27 on March 23, 2013 at 1:56pm

i've been on the pump minimed for 13 years now & love it.

Comment by shoshana27 on March 23, 2013 at 1:55pm

you can read about me on other groups & blogs. we old timers have a lot in common about t1.

Comment by shoshana27 on March 23, 2013 at 1:49pm

i've had t1 since i was not yet 3. that was 76 + years ago.
i am glad to have found this group.

Comment by starcrest on June 25, 2011 at 4:13pm
I was diagnosed at age 4 21 years ago! I can't believe how long it's been. Glad to have found this group!
Comment by ShayElise on June 22, 2011 at 4:35pm
oooh! glad to find this group! i will be "celebrating" my 15 year diagnosis anniversary in august. i was diagnosed at the age of 8 and after a somewhat rough transition from being a kid with type 1 to an adult with type 1 i am finally getting involved in the huge diabetes online community!
Comment by Rob B on June 22, 2011 at 2:55pm
Diagonsed 33 years ago at age 8. I cant believe how much better it is to be a diabetic than when I was first diagnosed. I remember crazy long needles and always being hungry! I am now on a pump and wish I would have switched to the pump way before I did.
Comment by Samantha on May 24, 2011 at 11:12pm
I know the group is for people that have grown up with Type 1 Diabetes, but I still decided to join. I have a 5 year old son who was diagnosed nearly 8 weeks ago when he was 4 (a month before he was turning 5). I just wanted to see what you guys that have lived with T1 since you were young had to say about having diabetes from such a young age. I remember being so upset and thinking in those first few days after he was diagnosed how he wouldn't really remember anything of what it was like not having diabetes, where everything was much easier and carefree. But then after a while I started to think that maybe it was o'k because he would grow up with diabetes and wouldn't know the difference and that would seem normal to him. He plays Rugby League, Swims, Touch Football and has treats, we are trying to keep everything else in his life as normal as possible, but still have so much to learn.
Comment by Melanie on May 18, 2011 at 12:15pm
I was diagnosed 30 years ago at age 4. Still not sure how I feel about the whole thing...

Members (70)




From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service