Our daughter was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic leading to Type 1 on Feb 6th of this year. I myself am a Type 2 also, genetically effected as I am 5th generation. Our daughters issues however came about in a totally different way. Last March she was a normal 6yr old then started gaining weight rapidly, in April 08 they ran a battery of blood tests and couldn't find a cause so they said she was just going through a growth spurt. Long story short, by August she had gained 56 lbs and was sitting at 111 lbs. (During this time frame I'd taken her to 3 different doctors and all refused to retest her because of the normal results in April). August 30th I finally got another doctor to agree to test her and we found out her Thyroid had stopped functioning (Hypothyroidism). She was put on medication she'll take the rest of her life for this and things looked like they were getting better. She lost about 10 lbs in the next few weeks, then in October she was showing signs of diabetes according to blood tests so they called her pre-diabetic and said we could control with diet and exercise, so thats what we started doing but she kept gaining weight no matter what she ate. We moved in December and had to find a new Ped Endo for her Thyroid condition and met with her on Feb 6th where she was diagnosed Type 2 leading to Type 1 (which they also call Double Diabetes) . Her diet was changed drastically and she was put on Metformin. Things started going well again, she was losing weight her BG levels looked great, then we found out that blood tests revealed other issues going on. On Feb 23rd she was hospitalized and we found out after another series of tests she now has Addison's Disease on top of everything else. The issue is, her autoimmune system is failing and causing antibodies to attack various organs as if they were infections or virus' even though they aren't. Because it has affected more than 1 of her organs they call this the cluster effect. So now, in just 6 months time from being diagnosed with Hypothyroid she takes 6 prescriptions (11 pills a day) to control all of these conditions which have no cures. In the meantime I can't keep my own diabetes under control due to the stress of all of this going on with our daughter which makes it harder to be there for her when I'm not doing so great myself.
Our daughter cries a lot because of all the rules for all these different issues and wants to know why it's happening to her....they have no answer or cause for her autoimmune failure which is frustrating for me as well. I can't explain it to her because I don't have the answers because the doctor's don't have the answers. She is sick of all the testing constantly which I explain needs to be done but at 7 she doesn't understand it all. She's been a trooper and does what she needs to do for each condition but she just wants to be a normal kid and mommy can't make that happen. I know this is all necessary but it is truly too much for a 7yr old to handle.