My son Nathan was diagnosed at 16. There is no good time to get this news. However 16 has it's own challenges. Independence, self reliance, rebellion, all are normal parts of growing up. Giving him the support, space and time to figure diabetes out in the midst of hormone overload has been my biggest challenge. Now at 21, and badly managed, he ended up in ICU with DKA. His ICU Dr.'s felt he was very near to coma. He has been given a second chance and an omni pod.