My dson was 8 almost 9 when he was dxd. He was terrified to go back to school! He was afraid of what everyone would say. He was a very shy little guy at the time. His close friends knew and were informed about the diabetes and shown how he had to care for himself. It took plenty of heart to heart chats for us to convince him to be open about it. We finally told him he needed to be an advocate for the diabetes. God made him strong to be able to handle diabetes and speak to everyone about it so that others can learn and help him find a cure. Our ds was asked with in his first three months after dxd. to speak at Ford Motor Company and be their face for the Walk for the Cure that year! I think this was the biggest turning point for him. When we attended our first Walk for the Cure he got to see the mass amount of other people...other children affected by it! Hugs...this too will pass!!!