I'm the only one in my family....diagnosed at the age of nine and I'm celebrating 30 years with Diabetes this Christmas. There are theories out there as to why I have it....immunization reaction at a young age, introduction to cow's milk too young, etc. But at the end of the day, does it really matter how or why I have it? I don't think so. I've accepted it and I have to live with it until there's a cure.
Mom and Dad were devastated and had no idea what Diabetes was or how to take care of highs, lows, etc. They blamed themselves for years. Now, as a parent myself, I can relate to those feelings. I hope and pray for a cure every day. Until then, I will take on the resposibility to take care of myself and be as healthy as I can.
I am like you the first and only in our family. I was dx in 1972 and my parents did a family hx and no sign of it. They said it was that I had a flu and autoimmune response attacked my islet cell in my pancreas.
That's me. I was in my late 20s when I was diagnosed and had next to no idea what the disease was about. Nobody that I know of has it, not even type 2.
Ten years after my diagnose and my parents some time are surprised that I must get insulin shots. I’m in my second week “test driving” a insulin pump and I’m sure my parents will say “Is it really necessary?” when they discover! LOL!
We must laugh not to cry if you know what I mean…
The fact of being the first in a family to have diabetes is not easy. The disinformation and mostly the ignorance of how bad it can be is the worst. My father keep insisting for me to eat when I visit.
The good part is that my husband and my sons are really supportive, and they don’t take diabetes for granted.
Hello Dino. Yes, I am the chosen one of my family.
But I have to disagree with you on the freak one matter.
I am as normal as all the other members of my family. In fact, I guess I am in better health conditions than some of them.
In my case, I was diagnosed when I was 17. The doctors said I got a virus that destroys the B cells in my pancreas; instead of develop flu or any other regular, unimportant illness. That could have been the cause of my Diabetes, a virus that prefers to develop in my pancreas, rather than in any other part of my organism. To be sincere, I believed that when doctors do not know the answer of something, they just said it was a VIRUS.
At that moment, I was absolutely unaware about this condition. For me it was just a disease "other" people suffer. With the time, I have learned that I can do and be whatever I want, I just have the same obstacles the rest of human beings have, I just have to take care of Diabetes, which is no more than what my wife spends in get ready to work in the morning.
Best regards to all of you, I take advantages of all the barriers, they could be there to help you reach higher goals.