I decided to join tudiabetes.org because i feel i need to connect with other diabetics in order to feel a little better and have somewhere where i can go and know poeple can relate to me . I have been a Type 1 diabetic since i was 8 years old . Ive never had much control of my sugar because i guess ive always been in denial that i have diabetes. I can say that my last A1c level of 8.4 was the lowest level i have ever had since i was diagnosed way back in 98 . My A1c level before that was 15.8 ( off the chart .. i know ) I can say that the drop in my A1c had to do with me finally getting an insulin pump . i tell you it works wonders. im still getting used to the pump and all the work it requires . I love food and taking care of my diet is the hardest thing i have to manage. What really had an affect on me to actually make a change in taking better care of myself was running into an old friend who also has type 1 . She as well did not take care of herself for years and as a result of it she has developed a disease which pretty much kills you slowly by attacking each one of your vital organs .. (not cancer) she has pretty much lost all her teeth and is inrecognizable. This scared me ! .. i said to myself i needed to change .. i want to be able to get married, have children , and live a long plentiful life and to do that i need to change .... i have accepted that i am a diabetic and im on my way to taking control of my diabetes .