I have been reading posts on here by Type 1's who were diagnosed as children as well as those, like me, who were diagnosed later in life. I also started a Type 1 Women's Group which I attended for a year before I moved. That group had women ranging in age from teens to 70s and in length of diagnosis from a few months to 50 years. So it's not as if I haven't been exposed to people diagnosed younger, and I've always had an enormous respect for the complexity of dealing with Type 1 at the same time as growing up, puberty, marriage, college, etc. But I never felt I could really understand what that had been like since I hadn't experienced it.
The other day I was browsing in the health section at my library and came across a book called Sweet Invisible Body by Lisa Roney. I actually almost put the book back on the shelf because it was published in 1999. I tend to not read anything written before 2000 because the world has changed so much. (Especially diabetes!). But then I realized it was a memoir, so decided to read it.
I loved this book! It told me so much about what it is like to be diagnosed young (in this case age 12). Though I know everyone is different and her experience will differ in some ways from others diagnosed around the same age, I feel there are commonalities that I now feel much more understanding of. Also she was diagnosed in 1972 so it gave me an idea of what D treatment was like back then. I think anyone whether having "been there" or not, like me, will gain a lot from this book. In addition to a better understanding of the experience of Type 1's diagnosed young there were some universal feelings that I related to as well, and that she expresses very eloquently. There were things I didn't like about the book and its author, but many more I loved. I definitely recommend it.