Audrey has just a few friends who know she has diabetes, and she is very self-conscious about anyone finding out, or even talking about it in front of her friends who do know. Last night, at her first swim practice since being diagnosed, when she needed to test, she went to the bathroom because she refused to test sitting on the benches. Not that anyone would have noticed, all the kids were in the water, and the few adults who were there were reading or watching the kids swim. She has been very responsible about testing and making sure anything she eats is covered with insulin. I hate to push the issue when she's taking everything else so well, but at the same time I think it would take some pressure off of her if she weren't trying to hide it always. I asked her about it last night - if the tables were turned, and she didn't have D, but someone in her class was diagnosed - what would she think, would she still be there friend, etc. She said she would feel sorry for them, but she wouldn't think of them any differently. When I asked why she didn't want others to know, she said because her best friend who lives next door asks her if she needs to test or if she got a shot. She said she can take care of herself and doesn't want others asking her all the time if she's okay. Middle school is next year, and I know she will want more freedom - walking home with friends, staying after school to watch games, etc. She can usually tell when she's going low, but that doesn't mean it can't happen without her knowing. Plus we're battling about the medical alert bracelets, but that's another story... Has anyone's kids come around and learned to be more open on this topic? Suggestions on how to talk about it without her just shutting down?