Hi!! I was diagnosed at age 12 and did injections for 6 years. I also really wanted a pump and had a doctor who kept telling me "not yet, not yet" He said he wanted me to have better control before I could go on the pump..??!! Weird, right? I switched from a pediatric endo to an adult endo when I turned 18 and the FIRST thing he did was immediately get me on a pump. My A1C was also in the mid-8's pre pumping and dropped almost 2 full percentage points in the first couple months after I started pumping. It was great for me in so many ways (aside from my A1C dropping so much which was awesome). I've always been very active, and having the pump helped a lot with exercise and also helped me have a more "normal" life, which is important as a teenager. I would definitely consider switching doctors if your current one will not accomodate your request for at least trying a pump. I've had a few bad doctors and a few great doctors in the past 16 yrs with diabetes and always wish I had not stayed with the bad ones as long as I did.