Our daughter was diagnosed just before she turned 5. She almost 11 now. She is also the first person on either side of our family that is Type 1, so we had no idea. The best thing one of the doctors who was doing rounds when she was diagnosed told me was that this is kind of like bringing home a new born child for the very first time. You are unsure, don’t know what to do, what to think, but give it about 3 months and you will be ok. He was right. I don’t really remember the first 3 months, I was in a daze. And it’s never easy, but it’s your new normal. I cried too, about her loosing part of her childhood (she had to grow up a lot for a 4 year old), I cried about all the things that she will have to think about and do that other kids/adults don’t have to. But she is healthy and happy!
We actually celebrate her diagnoses day every year! We call it “Celebrate Life”, we let the kids decide what they want to do. We have done everything from taking cake to swim team practice, to letting each kid take a friend with us and have a PLAY day where the kids decided what we did all day whatever they decide. We celebrate that there are people that because of the doctors that diagnosed her that she is alive, that there is medicine so she can live, that there are doctors/scientist working on a cure, and that we are all alive and doing well! It’s about her, but it’s about all of us too, her sister included. We all live with this.
Good luck! You can do this!!!