Having Type I Diabetes since I was 10 years old has had it's ups and downs. One of the downs is always having to explain to people what it is, how it is different than type II diabetes. Another down about having diabetes is always being different, drawing attention to myself every time I test my blood or take my insulin before I eat. Michele has 2 children who have recently been diagnosed with type diabetes and she wrote a great post about the misconceptions that I know most people have about diabetes. Type I and Type II diabetes are two very different diseases. Both in how they are managed and how they are received.