My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. If there is something I can say about the day that his diagnosis was confirmed was that it turned our lives upside down. We imagined the worst case scenario. There was no silver lining to this story. Our son was diagnosed Dec 17th. I call it the Christmas present that we can't return. But i'm here to tell you that things do get better and that it's not a death sentence, if you take care of yourself . One thing I'll say is that (after a few months) we thanked God that it wasn't something worse.