I don't mean to sound heartless, but from what I have observed, the better we handle the diagnosis, the better the child will. They take their cues from us. I swore to DD in the hospital that we would not let this stop her from doing anything that she loves and it has not. She was only 8 at the time. She had a tournament that first weekend and still shone on the ice as she always did. I could take up a lot of screens listing her accomplishments and another bunch of screens listing all the amazing experiences and people Type 1 has brought into her life. I have met several adult Type 1's who told me it was tougher on their parents than on themselves. My emotions are more attached to numbers than the diagnosis, but am trying to learn to let go of that, too, as teenagers hate it more than anything. Do you have access to a support group or any Type 1 events where you can meet others sharing this journey? The pump companies will often have events with sports stars, etc. who have Type 1. These "heroes' are soooo inspirational, as is watching children's eyes light up when meeting them. Meeting other CWD's and watching them test and bolus helps a lot, too.