I got diagnosed January 9th, 2012. My a1c was 15.6 at diagnosis. Apart from peeing all the time and drinking a lot water plus losing weight, I felt fine with an a1c that high.
I am a happy diabetic and my two follow up visits after diagnosis were great. My first a1c was 6.0 and on my second visit my a1c was 5.4
I am happy to be in control and don't mind being a type 1 diabetic. If the good Lord lets me, I plan to live a full, healthy life and this condition is not gonna stop me. Blessings to all and good luck. Just keep pushing......