Hi - I'm looking for some suggestions for my 12 year old daughter. She was diagnosed with Type 1 a year ago and was also diagnosed with juvenile onset bipolar disorder. It hasn't been easy... at all... Just to level set here for all the folks that might want to assume we have not educated ourselves as well as our daughter, be assured we have deeply involved ourselves in ongoing educators, JDRF events, exposure to other T1 kids, heart to hearts with our daughter's Endo, pediatrician, nurses and therapy (three times a week). This is ongoing and will continue to be for our daughter's health and well being. The first 6 months, things seemed to be getting better and the A1C levels were going down. We felt that things were falling into place and we were getting on track. We test minimum 4 times a day and obviously more as needed for corrections. • First thing in the morning • Lunch • 2 hours after lunch • Early evening once she is home • Right before bed As our daughter started middle school, and the awesome little hormones started slamming against each other in her growing body, the challenges of healthy choices and the not so sweet demeanor at school began. The district nurse started texting us to let us know that her BS was high and sometimes would find out that our daughter was sneaking candy from kids.... The nurse would call our daughter out and always stress that healthy choices have to be made with T1... that even though candy seems harmless... it can adversely affect her. Our daughter (so creative she is) started making some pretty interesting justifications for the candy: • "Oh these jelly beans? I put them in my jacket to make it smell good... I'm not eating them." #LIE • "Mom, I don't know why my BS is high this morning... and I have no idea why there are 2 banana peels on the counter... maybe the baby was hungry in the middle of the night and ate them?" #AlsoLIE • "Seriously mom? It's not a big deal if I eat before I take my insulin..." "Stop annoying me with making me take my BS!!!" #MomsKnowNothing Fast forwarding to now, we are at a point where we are still checking the BS on the same schedule, we have only diabetic friendly food in the house, though now a seasoned 12 year old / 7th grader, we are experiencing the following challenges: • She's throwing away her lunches mom and dad make to ensure she is eating healthy. Her reason, it's gross... • Buying food from the cafeteria (on credit without mom or dad's knowledge) ... Pizza, cookies, chocolate milk, you get the idea. Side Note: We have all agreed that she's been banned from buying food at the cafeteria (We: Parent and school) • Sneaking Hershey Kisses or some form of candy from God knows where and mom and dad finding wrappers in her room. • Eye rolls, crossing arms and stomps out of room when we try to talk to her about the seriousness of what she's doing at school. We have expressed these concerns to her Endo, pediatrician, educator and therapist, and as the A1C levels go up, I'm at a breaking point. I called the local county Human Services to see if there are any assistance or programs they can provide. They have offered to come out to talk with our daughter... but I foresee the same reaction... she just wants this to go away. How do you get through to a pre-teen that is so stubborn? I know it's hard for her and it breaks my heart everyday... but I just want her to understand this can be so manageable. Sorry so long winded... just really wanted to get the facts out. Any help is appreciated... Note: If you have nothing productive to add or you're just looking to make yourself feel better by insulting an already frustrated parent, don't bother. I've probably already insulted myself with your sloppy seconds. So go tread on someone else's plight. Thanks!