I was diagnosed with Type I on my 16th birthday, many years ago. I handled it well back then, and continue to do so after many years. A friend of mine has a daughter, now age 6, who was diagnosed last year when she was 5. She had been pretty accepting of her diagnosis until recently. Her parents put her on a Minimed pump for about a year. She/they disliked the insertion routine. They switched her to the OmniPod. She’s been even less happy about that, with a number of failed Pods, Pods pulling up from the skin, etc. Now she is on a “pump holiday,” but seems to do nothing but complain that she has diabetes. She just wants to be like all other kids. I have a hunch she now realizes how long “forever” is (with no cure in the immediate future.) She is likely having a delayed grieving process over the loss of the spontaneous and carefree life she used to have.
If anyone out there was diagnosed as a young child, and could give me any advice to share with this little girl’s Mom as to how they came to terms with their diagnosis, she would greatly appreciate it.