When I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes at 13 years old, neither I nor my parents knew anything about the condition. It was 2008. Few resources talked about the nuanced ways diabetes affects you and your loved ones’ lives, and access to those resources was almost non-existent.

After my diagnosis, my parents and I were thrust into classes that taught us most of the practical knowledge we needed to know: how to inject insulin, calorie count and notice signs of high and low blood sugars, etc. They were helpful and taught me skills that I still employ today. But there was so much I wasn’t taught about the realities of being diabetic and how the condition would affect me physically and especially emotionally as I grew up with the condition.