I've been lurking around for a few weeks and decided to register and jump on in. My son was diagnosed 2/5/10 and our world is still reeling. He is 15, this came pretty much out of the blue with no family history whatsoever in a very very healthy teenager who rarely gets sick and hadn't seen a MD in many years. I think that's the toughest part for me personally, I'm very much into natural healing and nutrition, so it has been very hard for me to give up control of that to the medical establishment. I work in home health therapy, so I am not against the medical profession, just prefer to find alternate treatments when possible. I guess not so much anymore though. My son is away at his first birthday party since diagnosis and I'm struggling mightily today (pizza, cake, ice cream, popcorn...). At 15 I have to let him make his own mistakes and decisions, but it's tough. I am the researcher/medical person in the family so most of this has landed on my shoulders. My husband seems to think I have it all in hand. I really don't. If one more person says to me "if anyone can handle this it is you..." I may just SCREAM. The thread in the parents forum about wanting to take a break from it prompted me to join, I am so there. Just want to wake up in the morning and NOT think about blood sugars. All in all he's doing wonderfully with it, very calm and focused, only one OOPS with his calculations (he's taking novolog after meals, lantus at night), I am quite proud of him. Looking forward to getting to know you all and soak up all there is to know.