I'm the black sheep (in more ways than one!). Diagnosed in 1970 - no one in my family had or has it.
I am the only person in my family with type 1 diabetes. Since I was diagnosed 27 years ago, I have had grandparents on both sides and even my mom become type 2 diabetics. However, at the time, no one in my family had to deal with this...
Yep, I am the only one. A very large family at that. My grandma on ma's side and one aunt (of 13 kids) has type 2. I was diagnosed in 2007 when I went to the doc because my urine smelled like maple syrup. I was in ketoacidosis.
Because I have moved back to the US since then I have had to argue with a couple of doctors about my diagnosis. Fortunately I have test results from Cambridge research study that show that I am definitely type 1 and not 2. Believe it or not, I've still had a doc argue with me over my diagnosis.
One little thing I learned that also would have woken the doctors up. type 2 diabetics rarely get ketones.
Thanks Scott, I'll remember that at my new doctor's appointment. Maybe it won't be such a fight.
Yep that's me!
The number of times nurses' have stared in disbelief at me when I tell them I have no type 1 or even 2 relatives! I hadn't even heard of type 1 until I got it and I spent the next 2 days in hospital thinking I had a terminal illness that would mean I would spend the rest of my short life in hospital never eating sugar... how wrong was I!?
Me too! Only one in my close family. Recently one of my aunts told me that my great-great-grandma had it :/
I had no clue about what Diabetes even was, when my dad (a doctor) made me run tests and told me my sugars were reaaally high I responded "That's explains why I'm so sweet!" Then when we visited the Endo and he told me I had Late Onset Juvenile Diabetes and that I had to go on insulin injections my mom begged me no to take that first injection "Once you start injecting you can never stop" she said... it was so scary but after 8 years now I can laugh and say well duh!
Hi, i am the same no one in my family has diabetes but I have had type 1 for nearly 50 yrs. Members of my family and some close friends still have no idea that i am diabetic even all these years on it is treated by some people like the plague. I have an insulin pump and a CGM and Hba1C of 5.9 so all in all things are good. Its not easy but who said it would be!!! lol
After I was diagnosed T1 at age 15, there was one old lady in my church who would always mosey up to me with this expression on her face like she thought I was dying. "How're you doin' sweetie?" she would always ask. I always responded that I was fine...I couldn't understand what the big deal was for people. As a kid, I didn't really take this disease seriously (I never ended up in the hospital with DKA either) but then my mom finally explained that back in that old lady's day (ie: the 40's) diabetes was like a death sentence.
There is no history of diabetes in my family whatsoever. Last year I was diagnosed Type 1 at age 40. The same weekend one of my brothers, aged 39, was also diagnosed with Type 1. Weird huh?
Yep...just me. My cat actually was diabetic too though :)
One week before I got married I was diagnosed with Type 1 and yes no one else in my family has any type of diabetes. That was 30 years ago and have been on the pump since Dec. 2011. I wish I started it sooner!!