No parent ever thinks they're going to hear that their child has a life threatening condition. When it happens, you are in shock for a long time.
Despite considering myself well read, I had never heard of Type 1 diabetes. The disease is in the news all the time now, particularly Type 2, but rarely do you hear any explanation between the types, or what they are.
My eldest child had just started secondary school and was busy getting used to new routines, extra sport and longer days. Her appetite suddenly grew, she lost weight and she had an increasing thirst.
However, she was happy and active, and seemed so well. I did, fleetingly, think about diabetes because she was so thirsty all the time, but almost straightaway dismissed the idea because she wasn't overweight.
Over just a week, things changed. She got up in the middle of the night to drink water from the toothbrush holder in the bathroom, she was unusually tired and had blurry vision. By now, I was really worried. I typed in 'diabetes' into the computer. All her symptoms were listed under 'Type 1 diabetes'. The article said the condition was fatal if untreated, and to seek immediate medical attention.