Diagnosed at the age of 9, in 1977. This was before glucometers and A1c's so was testing urine and using the old R/N. No education (I'm from a town of 60 people & we didn't have educators back then!) By the time I was 19 had proliferative retinopathy. My eye surgeon was the 1st person to take the time to explain diabetes to me. 12 eye surgeries later, I was determined to become a nurse and finally find out all the mysteries behind diabetes. I'm still learning today. Pumpin 16 yrs now on Minimed. Went on Dexcom last year and love both products. I teach diabetes education and love it. My heart goes out to everyone on this path, for it is a minute-by-minute battle that never stops. We must be warriors willing to never put down our sword. We can learn so much from each other, because the text books don't understand our realities. You can learn to dance with diabetes, but it requires looking it directly in the eyes and learning how to lead in the dance.
Never, NEVER give up on finding yet one more way to get better control. Don't get overwhelmed by the entire forest - focus on only one tree at a time. The truth is out there. Finding the truth requires letting go of pre-conceived ideas and developing a desire to truely understand.