I was diagnosed with T1 three years ago as I finished college, and it has been an ongoing struggle to figure out the best ways to care for myself and to explain to my friends and family just what it is to have type 1 (not 2) diabetes. I can only imagine what it would be like to have been diagnosed while in high school. I was shocked, angry and very upset about the disease. I felt like it was my fault for having a crazy college diet and maybe partying a little too much...as an gymnast and collegiate cheerleader, I have always excercised and eaten relatively well. My dr. told me it wasn't anything I did, and just my genetic makeup. My friends still get confused and suggest that I have type 2 and should not eat this or that, they ask me if i need my epi pen, or if they should get my insulin when I am having a low. I do my best to educate them with a smile and explain what I know about diabetes. It has helped to educate other people in that I feel like that way they will be understanding of other t1's they meet along the way.
After I was diagnosed I spent a summer at home living with my parents. I had incredible control of my sugars thanks in part to my parents checking in and excellent home cooking. In hindsight, I am so thankful to have had that time and my parents and friends support in dealing with my new disease. Out on my own for the past two and half years it has been a lot more difficult. If I could make one suggestion it would be to use your time at home and while in school with a set routine to make diabetes and sugar conrol a habit so when you are ready to get out on your own diabetes is a 'normal' part of your life.
Also, it's so encouraging to read about another diabetic involved in all kind of activities. I love being busy and I loathe when people suggest that my being diabetic should hold me back. Continue to be involved; I have lived abroad, coached an all star cheer team, learned to rock climb and snowboarded 100+ day in a winter since I was diagnosed.
Sometimes I find myseld getting frustrated that other people don't have the extra annoyance of taking shots, going to the dr. or pricking their fingers. I most assuredly get bummer out and often wonder 'why me'. But at the same time diabetes makes us unique. It's the opportunity to perservere and it kind of makes me want to do more just to prove I can inspite of having to take insulin.
I have never written any of this out. Thanks for the outlet and I hope in some way the it helps you out as it helps me to write it.