I am a T1. I was 12 years old when I started with the usual thirst, weight loss and continual urination. My mom thought I was trying to loose weight, then she saw the other signs. My father was a diabetic so she saw the signs. My dad's family is full of diabetics. I have so many cousins, aunts and uncles that are T1, that our local hospital did a study on us through Lab work. After 30plus years, I have begun the complication road-- Neuropathy, Retinopathy to name a few. My blood vessels in my eyes are very bad, they say I can't have any more laser, I only have 10% blood supply to my eyes. I need help to gain tighter control to prolong my problems. I have a beautiful teenage daughter and a wonderful husband of 19 years. I want to be around a while!!!