I'm just wondering if this was also others' experiences when first diagnosed with type 1... DH has a big family here in our city, parents, grandparents, many aunts and uncles, 2 brothers and their families. They are not super-close, but do get together at big occasions throughout the year, and keep in touch by email the rest of the time. Since our little guy was diagnosed 3 weeks ago though, we've had exactly ONE facebook email enquiring how Grady/we are doing. ONE. No visits, no phone calls, no offers of help... nothing. We have 3 children, this happened just before Christmas and we had the whole Christmas break trying to deal with getting the treatments working, as well as entertaining our 8 and 9 year olds (not to mention Grady...). I just feel annoyed/disillusioned/disappointed/frustrated with every single one of them. I feel like if any of their children/families had been diagnosed with a life threatening disease, we'd have been there... offering babysitting, maybe making a meal, calling often to check in. Am I expecting too much? Dh's parents left to go for their regular 3 month winter trip to their condo in Florida 5 days after he was diagnosed. Not a call since, not a visit prior to leaving... and they drive down. Not like they couldn't have postponed their trip if they had wanted to... DH called his grandmother yesterday to say hi and see how she's doing. He thinks she actually must have forgotten about Grady's diagnosis, because she made small talk for 10 minutes, until DH said 'Grady's doing better'... to which she said "oh yes, how is the little guy?!". DH's brother emailed him today, DH opened the email thinking he (Grady's uncle by blood) would be asking about him. Nope - he needed DH to translate something into spanish for him for work. Sorry kind of a long vent... I'm just feeling right now. Have others experienced this too? Is it just that no one truly understands how big a diagnosis this is?? And they don't bother to google it??!