I am a T1 and the only one in my family. There are no records of any family member on either my mom or dads side. And it is assumed no one has it on my husband's side.
For some reason I just assumed my daughter wouldn't become a diabetic because it was only me with it in all of our family.
I was wrong. She is 4, will be 5 in December. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on May 13th 2013.
Scariest day ever as a mother! She was in full DKA. What through us off of the symptoms was she had a cold the beginning of May. We know it was because my husband also caught it. We were encouraging her to drink plenty of fluids and nap a lot --- two big symptoms of diabetes but the cold through us off.
Anyways, she is back to a healthy weight, happy and playing again. It’s a breeze with her insulin and blood sugar checks. I guess growing up and seeing me do it daily helped her adjust a little easier.
The hardest part is definitely taking her in for blood work. There is no calming her during it, she’ll scream and kick. It takes 4 people to get blood work from her. It breaks my heart to see her like that but I know she needs to blood work. She has her next appointment in October :( -- She's had needles before for immunizations and she would only cry for a few seconds then stop.
Oh, I was going to add we were given a binder of information for newly diagnosed children. Here is a part from the "What causes type 1 diabetes? ---- genetics"
Risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes if the following family member has it:
Sibling (brother or sister, including non-identical twin) 1 in 20 chance
Identical twin 1 in 2 to 3 chance
Mother 1 in 50 to 100 chance
Father 1 in 16 to 20 chance
No family member 1 in 250 to 400 chance