Yes it did. I was diagnosed in 8th grade. I was 14 (almost 15) at the time. My grand father, who I was very close to, died in December of that same year from pancreatic cancer (when I was in 9th grade).
My grandfather was an engineer in the Airforce, and had complete his physics major when he was sent to college by the airforce (before the airforce academy).
I wanted to be a physics major just like him, but about my second year in college, I read about an M.D., Ph.D. program that had the Ph.D. in biophysics. That sounded really interesting to me. So I decided to add premed as a second major. I am now getting a full undergraduate degree in Physics (B.S.) with emphasis in premedicine and I am currently taking Radiation Biophysics (Physics 431) and its a pretty cool class. I really really like it :-)
I hope to get out with my degree in December 2009, and then persue the M.D., Ph.D program. But that program is very selective. It does come with free tuition and a stipend though, so I would be able to go to school literally as if it were a job.
It is very hard to get your college to understand how diabetes can affect your health and can prevent you from being on time to exams etc. Because they often mistake Type 1 for Type 2, and often think they are the same thing, they can think that your faking, or that its impossible for you to feel that bad and still have all your feet... etc.
basically I have seen a lot of ignorance in the staff at my university. My advice is to deal with it calmly, register with student disability services asap, even if you are in good health, as you never know when your going to be high or low, or even have DKA. This Protects you legally, and you need it. (this is only in the USA by the way, under the Americans with disabilities act, and diabetes is considered protected under that act). Work with your university to accommodate you.
Dealing with all that really made me want to be doctor too. I already was going to be a scientist, but when I found out I could be a doctor too, under the same program, I knew it was the right choice for me.
Also, I like HOUSE m.d. the tv show alot so that may have something to do with :-)