At the hospital, they teach you how to give shots and juggle numbers and make life or death decisions, but the reality is that only time will tell how your little T1 will learn to navigate this strange world where not everyone has a verifiably hopeless pancreas like they do. He knew he had T1D - that he was different, and brave. But how could we possibly explain to our (by then) 3 year old the magnitude of what that meant for him? Over the years, the conversations have become easier. We've taken our lead from him - what he's ready to know, and what he's not. What words to use. This is the best of what we've learnt.