My husband has had T1D for twenty years. My dd has had it for over two years. And my father STILL insists on telling me about all of his friends' stories about diabetes -- obviously type 2. My parents STILL think that D can be controlled mathematically -- this much insulin for this much carb results in this blood sugar. Period. They just don't get the random variability of the whole thing. My father has literally told me that he thinks it's great that my dd has diabetes instead of other "life-threatening" diseases. Yes, you can live with D, but I wouldn't call it great! We're thankful for what we have, but it's hard to listen to my dad talk about how wonderful it is for dd to have D! My father just told me the other day that he thinks my dd should be more "independent". She already basically does ALL her own D care -- with amazing results -- but somehow that's not good enough. We're being overprotective. It's hard to listen to a family member talk about how "wonderful" it is that my dd will have to eat such a healthy diet when the family member is eating a big sandwich and a root beer while my dd eats a carefully measured piece of bread (she has problem blood sugars whenever we eat at this sandwich shop so she brings her own bread) and cheese and a diet root beer. When people I care about get some condition/disease I don't know much about, I try to at least read a wikipedia article about the condition so I know a bit more about what the problems are and what questions are relevant. And my parents have obviously never done even that much -- if I hear one more comment about how someone has succeeded in getting off insulin, I'll scream! Thanks for listening. After two decades, I'm feeling pretty fed up. Does anyone else have family members who just don't "get" type 1 diabetes?