I think you were replying to me, not Tia. And I will put whatever I like inside quotation marks, thank you kindly. I wasn't quoting you (there is another function for that), I was using quotation marks in another way common in writing of all types: for emphasis. It was an intentional generalization of your remark, and the quotation marks were to draw attention to it.
I wasn't arguing with you, I was trying to continue and extend the conversation.
How many adults with children were dx with T1D before 1921?
I don't know. As I said, adults now make up more than 50% of new T1 DM diagnoses. It's not unreasonable to assume, since the underlying disease process of autoimmune Type 1 hasn't altered since the synthesis of insulin, that adults past reproductive age made a significant number of actual Type 1 cases pre-1921, even though the label Type 1 and the diagnosis didn't exist at that time.
There are other types of Type 1, so to speak. It's perfectly possible that you developed Type 1 without having contracted an illness beforehand. But the best science indicates that the Type 1 genotype is characterized by an HLA sequence that makes individuals susceptible to autoimmune disorders. And recent science indicates that many, probably most, autoimmune Type 1 cases are preceded by viral infection. You're not being aware of that in your own case doesn't argue against the scientific understanding of the disease process and presentation.
I'm sorry if I offended you.